For several days now, rumors have been circulating about development plans for a new web browser under the Google brand, which will be developed in cooperation with Mozilla.
Google has hired a developer from Sun Microsystems, a company that specializes in Java, about four developers from Microsoft who took a significant part in the development of the company's web browser and Joe Beda who took an important role in the development of Microsoft's Longhorn operating system.
There are currently a number of alternatives to Microsoft's Explorer browser, such as Firefox and Opera, but none of them have managed to capture a market share comparable to the Microsoft browser. Mozilla and Google hope that a brand as well-known as Google will let home users understand that there are other options besides the "norm". The browser should include a number of additional services from Google, such as their mailbox (gmail), blogging service, image search and in the future also search for songs on a similar engine.
The vice president at Opera, which also produces its own browser for several years, welcomed Google's decision to enter the Internet browser market and added that it encourages any competition on the subject.
Google hosted the Mozilla browser developers on their campus last month, and even registered the GBROWSER.COM domain in its name. At the moment there are no official comments from Google, but one of the Mozilla developers has added messages to his personal blog that strengthen the rumor. This move is considered successful by large communities and sites due to the knowledge from Microsoft that its browser updates will be added only with the release of the next operating system "Longhorn" which is expected to be released in just over a year.