Google has launched the beta of its new browser, Google Chrome, today.
In a comic book launch document, Google describes Chrome as being based on open source and designed to meet the needs of today's users.
Because users today tend to use their browsers to run applications and rich media content, rather than simply view pages, browsers designed years ago are no longer appropriate, according to Google.
The idea of Chrome was to develop a new browser, based on the needs of today's Web applications and users, which is stable, fast and secure.
The beta programme will launch in 100 countries.
The new browser will work on computers running Windows operating systems. Google is still working on versions for Mac and Linux.
Currently, the browser market is dominated by Microsoft's Internet Explorer, with a 75% market share.
However, Google is leading in the Internet search space and could prove a fearsome competitor to Microsoft.