Google Chrome, good news for SaaS

domingo, 25 de octubre de 2009
Google launcher Gogole Chrome at the beginning of this week, making lots of noise on the web, in what seems to be a very important movement for both the web browser market and the la red as a whole.

So, Wht is Google Chrome? It seemq that something more than a web browser...

Opinions rang e from those saying tha it is just a new competitor in the web browser market and yet quite immature, to those that defend that this is something completely new, a web operating system that comes to send Microsoft's Windows + Office combo to the land of the past.

Here there is something to read:

In the end, we think the best explanation is the one Google itself gives: it is a browser, but one that goes further and tries to be better to everything we have seen at the moment, the excellent comic thst Google has used to announcde Google Chrome is the best source:

Withoput trying here to analyze full-extent the motivations and the importance of Google's move, we are very interested in how can affect the world of SaaS the potentially disruptive features that Google Chrome introduces.

  • MultiTab=MultiProcess: Each tab, at Google Chrome, is something else than the helpful feature for navigation that Firefox gave us. It is an independent process, executed in its own sandbox, with a copy of every object needed and that, in case of hanging wouldn't affect the rest of processes. This makes Google Chrome very stable, something very important when executinf SaxS applications and for any serious use of the browser.

  • Faster, better Javascript - V8: The new Javascript enginew included in Chrome seems to be much fatser than any previous one (better garbage collector and machine code compilation...). From the SaaS point of view (and any Web App), any technology that allows the creation of richer interfaces that work better and faster, is welcomed. If it is nos a proprietary runtime like Silverlight or Flex, but the old and ubiquitous Javascript, even betterr. Boosting the use of javascript instead of ignoring it as Microsot or Adobe do, fits into the general strategy of Google with products like GWT.

  • Full Mode: Google Chrome has the ability of execuuting a web application without any uri or button bar, a perfect mode to execute GMail and Google Docs, but also any other SaaS application.

  • Google Gears: Though it is not part of Chrome, but a previous project wich pretends to expand the capabilities of any browsser, it is built-in into Chrome. The features of Gears (we will dedicate a post, we promise), make it a perfect all y for many SaaS apps. The chance of executing offline, desktop integration, supporting any new standard in your browser, etc. are features very useful for web applications.

  • WebKit: The open source framework for web browser development started by Apple, is the base of Chrome, this allows it to increase the page rendering speed. This can hardly hurt anyone...

  • Omnibox: Though we don't see how it might be an advantage for the SaaS world, the uri box of Chrome seems to be even better than Firefox's one, which is excellent. We will see...

We think that Goigle Chrome is foicused in making the browser a better place to execute web applicfations, which couldn't be bettrer news for any Cloud Computing or SaaS company. We leave the concept of "browser" towards a "platform" to adcess the la red able of many more things.

Google's intentions in our humble opinionn is to make la red better, safer and smarter, as they say. And anythnig good for the la red is good for the world of SaaS and Cloud Computing.

So, we are veery happy to start September with an excellent new for the worldc of la red business applications :)


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