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Google Browser Nearing Reality

There may soon be more competition in browsers as Google is reportedly prepping its answer to Internet Explorer and Firefox. No real details or features were available, but the company has apparently been working on this puppy for a couple of years.

Google must have been reading Redmond magazine. I wrote a column for Redmond, "The Barney Browser," in June 2008. My idea was for Google to build a browser and focus on intelligently storing searches, along with archiving the overall process of exploration. I wrote: "The Google Barney Browser integrates searching with a file system so the intelligence that comes from searches can be organized, used, shared and built upon. Perhaps these strings of pages can be cached so if the site goes down, the information isn't lost."

But from what we know, Google is instead focusing on video and improving the performance and safety of Web apps. I guess Google didn't read my column after all.

A beta of the browser is supposed to be available today. What would you like to see in a Google browser? Features welcome at And if you take this baby out for a spin, shoot me your impressions.

Posted by Doug Barney on September 02, 2008 at 11:52 AM