Google rolls out new products
Google continued its campaign to claim market share on every conceivable digital frontier Monday with two important product announcements. The Palo Alto giant--once simply a search giant--announced it will offer a web browser, Chrome, to compete with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox, and a YouTube-based video sharing site for enterprises that will compete with various smaller firms' offerings in that market.
Chrome was designed to be more stable and less-likely to crash when operating content-heavy pages, such as online video sites. The browser treats each tab as a separate process, lowering crash rates by allocating system resources more effectively. Chrome is based on open-source, allowing for the same cycle of innovation that has seen Google rollout dozens of web-based applications in the past few years.
The enterprise video-share platform will be offered as part of Google's Apps Premier package, which costs $50 per user, per month. The YouTube-based platform will allow for intrabusiness video sharing in password protected spaces so that company employees will have easy access to training videos and product presentations, while avoiding public access to sensitive material. Google announced it would not raise the price of Apps Premier, despite the addition.
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