What is Google Chrome?
Google Chrome is the web browser released in September 2008 by the Google Team, which thrust Google into the already crowded Web Browser market. At the browser's introduction, Internet Explorer held about 75% market share, Firefox was at around 15%, and Safari was at around 3-5%. The rest of the market was made up of smaller specialty browsers like Opera or Flock.
So What's the Big Deal?
Well, Google had been fairly adamant in stating that they were not developing a web browser when it was initially rumored that they would enter the market. Industry insiders suggested Google would release a browser as the company had been slowly but surely venturing into new territory. Google had developed a webmail program with Gmail, a calendar web app, a document and spreadsheet app, an rss feeder, and plenty more. It was believed that it was only a matter of time before they developed a browser to house all of these web applications. In September 2008, 4 years after rumors initially began, Google entered the market.
Ok, Well What Makes it Different?
Chrome was developed with the intention of getting out of the user's way. The development team had decided early on that the content that was being interacted with by the user should be the entire focus. This is reflected in the user interface of Chrome, which has a small "frame" size, and for the most part, lacks any shiny distracting functions.