Google Chrome is a freeware web browser created by Google. It used the
WebKit layout engine until version 27 and, with the exception of its iOS
releases, from version 28 and beyond uses the WebKit fork Blink. It was
first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2,
2008, and as a stable public release on December 11, 2008. As of 2013,
StatCounter estimates that Google Chrome has a 39% worldwide usage share
of web browsers, making it the most widely used web browser in the
world. In September 2008, Google released the majority of Chrome's
source code as an open source project called Chromium, on which Chrome
releases are still based. Notable components that are not open source
are the built-in PDF viewer and the built-in Flash player.
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