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On Tuesday Google will launch a free Web browser, Chrome, thus becoming the newest participant in the browser war against Microsoft and Firefox. The following announcement was posted on Google's blog today:

We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

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On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn't the browser that matters. It's only a tool to run the important stuff -- the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.

Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today's complex web applications much better. By keeping each tab in an isolated "sandbox", we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren't even possible in today's browsers.

In addition to the announcement on their blog, Google also has a comic book online describing Chrome. The company is hosting a press conference at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters Tuesday at 11 a.m. PDT

I'm looking forward to trying out Chrome tomorrow, and will try to keep up with all the news about its release. For now we'll have to be content with the new browser's screenshots from Cnet.com.