For many, Google Chrome's arrival in the already competitive browser market was a real bolt from the blue, but for software engineer Lars Bak it was the end product of years of work.
"It's fantastic," he tells TechRadar. "This is exactly why we started two-and-a-half years ago.
LB: "I hope that our innovation was what prompted that. It certainly looked like that within the timeline. It's a reasonable explanation.
"It doesn't really matter because you also have to think about having one [fast] browser when all the others are slow is no good because all the apps have to be designed for the lowest common denominator. So we want all browsers to be fast.
"And I think one of the reasons we started from scratch in terms of browsers was that we didn't believe that the existing platforms were robust and scalable enough for building a high performance engine.
TR: Do you think you've managed to build a web browser that is a little closer to being future proof in terms of web apps?
LB: "Yes, I think I'd say that. I mean we haven't designed the whole thing from scratch. I worked on virtual machines for 20 years on languages like Java, and Chrome is certainly standing on the shoulders of these systems.
"Most web apps today aren't using that scalability but it will come."