Google has announced the launch of the beta version of an open source browser – Chrome.

A post on the search engine firm’s official blog by vice-president of product management Sundar Pichai and engineering director Linus Upson states that it believes the program can help drive innovation on the internet, as well as providing value for users.

The staff note that by keeping each tab within the browser in an isolated ‘sandbox’, Google Chrome is able to prevent one tab from crashing another, as well as providing protection from rogue sites.

"We owe a great debt to many open source projects and we’re committed to continuing on their path. We’ve used components from Apple’s WebKit and Mozilla’s Firefox, among others – and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well," the two state.

In other news, a post in the same blog by product manager Mike Horowitz noted that Google has launched a new version of its Picasa Web Albums.

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