The ‘net was abuzz with Chrome talk starting first thing in the morning. The guys at Google put out an online comic book explaining the changes they made to the browser, and if you are interested in the technical details, it is a very good read even for the casual geek. The highlights include separate processes for each tab, Javascript code optimizations, and an open architecture that should allow developers to write much more secure Web applications.

Google Chrome Comic book (Google)

There was plenty of talk about the missing Google Toolbar, and it is more than a little surprising that they didn’t write one as part of the Chrome development process. There is also no current support for third-party plug-ins, but if developers write to the Chrome specifications, it could make for a far more secure environment. The latest addition to the open source community is a massive shot across the bow of various rivals and could open the door to desktop virtualization from Google.

Needed for Chrome: The Google Toolbar (Technologizer)

Google Chrome: A First Look (Real Tech News)

First Look: Is Google’s Chrome a Glimpse of the Future? (Computerworld)

I was thrilled to hear about Google’s new Chrome browser; I have long been a fan of the things that they are doing in the cloud. My experience today was marred only by the lack of a Google Toolbar to fully Chrome out my surfing experience. However, I did find a work-around while I was playing with Firefox and Chrome side by side. You can drag tabs from Firefox to Chrome, so I am using Firefox for the toolbar and Chrome for the surfing. I have thought that the next area of research and development should be desktop virtualization for quite some time, and this project could be a positive step in that direction. Only good things could come out of Google competing with Microsoft in the desktop space. What do you think about Google’s latest move?