Google accidentally sent its Chrome: The Comic Book out a day early. Ever since then, many questions have arisen, but one seems to have become the main issue: Is Google directly attacking Internet Explorer and Microsoft? Some say not, many say yes. Chrome (www.google.com/chrome) was made for specific reasons, among them the need for a rehaul of traditional browser functionality. Even if Google did not have upstaging Internet Explorer and by extension Microsoft in mind (an impossibility) its holistic approach to evolving user interface, javascript support, and browser safety make jabs at IE's specific flaws.

"Is Google a Window's Killer?" Any browser appearing on the Internet scene today would be wasting time and fiber if it wasn't trying. Despite slow and shoddy performance, Microsoft's browser carries 72 percent. There is no choice.

In addition, signs point to a deliberate attack on Microsoft by this new browser. Chrome's Javascript engine is built by Denmark's V8 team. Because the project is open source, it can be used by anyone. As the publicity cartoon says in one panel: "...so other browsers can include it." What other browsers? Since the only supported platform is Windows as of this writing, the finger is pointed clearly at Microsoft.

A quick look at Chrome shows a drastically scaled down interface. No menu bar, a translucent tab navigation above the intuitively familiar basic buttons and URL bar. The URL bar, however, is what is being referred to as the "Omnibar," an integrated auto-completion, search suggestion interface with other features, too.

The "New Tab Page" is Chrome's easy start "with your nine most visited pages" in a thumbnail grid and "the sites you search on most" in the right sidebar. Cues from lifestreaming sites make using Chrome seem more personal and friendly, an old Google standby in desk-side demeanor. At this writing, downloading is possible here, for Windows only, of course.