By now you must have seen some of the hype surrounding Google's entry into the browser market. The download became available last night, after a day of feverish anticipation and hype.
Google engaged Scott McCloud, a cartoonist and expert on cartooning, to produce a comic explaining the rationale for Chrome and some of its key features. This proves to be a remarkably successful, and engaging, way of communicating with customers. Much better than a deck of over-full PowerPoint slides.
But is the browser itself any good? My first impressions were positive, but there are surprisingly few real innovations as yet. I suspect there will be more to come as Google integrate it more solidly with their growing collection of web applications. As to the advantages in terms of speed and security, only time will tell.
Tie this together with the increasingly competent Google family of online applications (mail, calendar and office applications, complete with very robust versioning and collaboration) and you have a powerful challenge to Microsoft's dominance everywhere except for the Operating System. That can only be a good thing for customers.