Album Cover: Plans

"And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time."
Death Cab / What Sarah Said

Posted on September 20, 2004 10:46 PM in Browsers
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Falling in line with coverage on Slashdot today, speculation about a Google web browser has popped up everywhere.

I don't really know how I feel about the idea of a GBrowser emerging. The Google fan in me thinks it's a really cool idea, but I have the same types of reservations that I've talked about here in the past. If they were to leverage some of the work that's been done on Firefox it could be a huge boost for that browser. However, with the things that Firefox has been doing on its own lately, I'm not totally convinced they need anyone's help.

The web developer in me knows that adding another browser to an already saturated market will most likely only lead to more headaches for developers. Afterall, a quick validity check of any of their major websites (i.e. Google Search, Google News or Google Gmail) will show you just how high web standards are on Google's list.

It will be interesting to see how all of this recent activity – such as the hiring by Google of past Internet Explorer developers – ends up playing out. If I had to choose between the hypothetical Google Instant Messenger and GBrowser, my choice would be the former – hands down.


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