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Chromium is a free and open-source web browser developed by Google[3]. It is licensed under the 3-clause BSD license and supported by various third-party dependencies. It serves as a base for Google Chrome[1], which adds features like automatic updates, licensed codecs, and more. Chromium’s development is primarily overseen by Google, with significant contributions from other tech companies such as Microsoft[2] and Intel[8]. It boasts features like per-process website[4] isolation for enhanced security[5] and automatic blocking of malware[6]. Furthermore, Chromium’s codebase has been utilized to create various custom apps and browsers, including popular platforms like Spotify[7] and Slack. Recent technical updates have brought changes like support only for Windows 10 and later, and the discontinuation of the Google Chrome sync service for Chromium builds.

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1. Google Chrome ( Google Chrome ) Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google, one of the world's leading technology companies. It was first introduced in 2008 and has since become a dominant player in the browser market. Chrome is known for its speed and efficiency, which comes from its use of open-source code from the Chromium project. It also features a simple, user-friendly interface, highlighted by a combined address and search bar known as the omnibox. Chrome supports a wide range of web standards, including HTML5, and it provides strong security features, including phishing and malware protection. It also allows for extensive customization through browser extensions and themes. Despite its widespread use, it has faced some privacy concerns due to its tracking mechanisms.
2. Microsoft ( Microsoft ) Microsoft is a globally recognized technology company, well-known for its software, hardware, and other digital services. Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, it launched revolutionary products like the Windows operating system, Microsoft 365 suite, and the Xbox gaming consoles. Under the leadership of their current CEO, Satya Nadella, Microsoft broadened its scope to include cloud computing and pursued a policy of active acquisitions, including GitHub and Mojang, to enhance its product offerings. Despite facing criticisms and legal challenges over monopoly behavior and usability issues, Microsoft has maintained a solid financial performance, even achieving a trillion-dollar market cap in 2019. Today, it continues to innovate and expand, holding a significant position in the global tech industry.

Chromium is a free and open-source web browser project, primarily developed and maintained by Google. It is a widely-used codebase, providing the vast majority of code for Google Chrome and many other browsers, including Microsoft Edge, Samsung Internet, and Opera. The code is also used by several app frameworks.

Original author(s)Google
Developer(s)The Chromium Projects
Initial release2 September 2008; 15 years ago (2008-09-02)
Written inC++ primarily, HTML, CSS, JavaScript for UI and test suite
EnginesBlink, V8
Operating systemWindows, Linux, Android, iOS, macOS, BSD
PlatformIA-32, x86-64, ARM, ARM64
LicenseBSD-3 and others
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