One of the software engineers behind Google Chrome has told TechRadar that he is delighted at the renewed competition in the browser wars, as the likes of Safari 4 hits beta and Internet Explorer 8 takes shape.
In what can best be described as interesting times for the browser market, industry behemoth IE is losing ground to Firefox and Apple is insisting its latest release is three times faster than Mozilla's browser.
But although Chrome – a browser that has only been out of beta since December – does not yet have a massive market share compared to Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google software engineer Lars Bak welcomes the competition.
"At Google we try a lot of different browsers and different designs, and people should try them out and use the one that they like the best.
"Choice is important and the healthy competition that is going on right now will benefit the user and it will ultimately make people feel more comfortable with using the web."
The speed issue
With Safari pushing the message about the speed of its latest browser – saying that it's 30 times faster than IE7 and three times faster than Firefox 3.0, Bak points out that speed is just one factor when it comes to browser choice.
"One also has to have their priorities straight why you are selecting a browser. Speed is certainly an factor, but so is robustness. In Chrome we really tried to make it a robust browser.
"People also like the simplicity which means you can understand what's going on.
"I think its speed is important but also the speed of the whole browser, as we move on and as we have more standardised web apps, it will be easier to measure the performance of a browser as a whole."
Tabs as processes
"It adds security and independence, so you'll probably notice that if you take Chrome, compared to the many browsers, that each tab will work independently.
Extensions on the way
Bak also confirmed that Google Chrome is still on track to have third-party extensions supported this year.
"We're working on that," added Bak. "As we said in the blog, this is coming this year and it's certainly something that you want.
"But when you are working on a new project it's important to focus on the basics, like our UI for instance, and I think other things come later and that's what we're doing.
"I'm pretty sure there will be a healthy market for people building these extensions for Chrome."
A full interview with Lars Bak will be published soon on TechRadar
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