Google announced yesterday on the their blog that today they would release a web browser called Google Chrome.
Today, Google Chrome is available for download.
It’s too early to tell what the implications of this will be on web designers and developers but it might be worth installing and taking for a spin.
According to Dean Hachamovitch on the IE Blog, Microsoft recently completed a build of Internet Explorer 8 that passes the Web Standards Project’s Acid 2 browser test.
It will probably be quite a while before we know exactly what this means to us in our day-to-day work. For what it’s worth, the UA Undergraduate Admissions site still has more IE6 users than IE7 users (just under 52% vs just under 48% among IE users). That’s a site with a relatively young user base so we know that even after the browser is released it takes a while for people to adopt, and that’s probably more the case with IE than other browsers.
In any case, it’s interesting news, particularly in light of Opera’s recent antitrust complaint and all the debate that followed.
I would tend to take this video and this post from Molly Holzschlag as pretty clear signs that Microsoft, all the way up to Bill Gates, is more engaged with the world of web standards than ever before.
Earlier this year, Digital Web Magazine started a column called Web Design 101. The series is written in a way that is helpful for those who are just getting started but also useful as a reference and review for more experienced designers.
The most recent article in this series discusses the float property, which I have always found to be one of the trickiest CSS properties to fully understand. It’s a pretty well-written and comprehensive piece, and the same could be said of the rest of the Web Design 101 series.