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In an uncharacteristic burst of modesty, Google (GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin says we should think of the company's new Chrome Web browser simply as a worthy challenger to Microsoft's (MSFT) Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, and Apple's (AAPL) Safari. "What we want is a diverse and vibrant ecosystem," Brin said at the Sept. 2 Chrome launch. "We want several browsers that are viable and substantial choices."
Don't believe it for a second. Although the first version of Chrome has a half-finished feel and runs only on Windows, a close look at its features and underlying design reveals a far more dramatic goal. Chrome aims to take on not just Internet Explorer's 75% share of the browser market but Windows' dominance of the desktop itself.
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Chrome won't dispatch Internet Explorer or Firefox, let alone Windows, to history's dustbin. Not yet, anyway. These mature browsers have been getting steadily better, and Internet Explorer 8 marks a significant advance in protecting users from malicious Web sites. What's more, Google's great ideas have often suffered from poor execution—its Gmail program is officially in its fifth year of beta testing. But Google has placed a marker that is sure to shake up the industry.