Google Chrome, a new web browser

Google confirmed tomorrow’s launch of Google Chrome beta, a new open source web browser that borrows the rendering engine from Apple’s WebKit and components from Mozilla Firefox.

An important design aspect behind Google Chrome is that each tab will be assigned an entire process instead of a thread within a process. This means that if a particular website causes the page to hang, only its tab will have to be closed. In addition, a task manager will allow the user to see which page, plug-in or web application is consuming system resources, a feature available in all modern OSs.

Google has published a comic that explains in 38 pages their web browser project.

How will this affect the battle for market share between existing web browsers? Will Google Chrome be adopted by Firefox or IE users?

Google Chrome Comic page 38 A screenshot Google Chrome

Update 1: added a screenshot (found at TechCrunch).
Update 2: The Google Chrome webpage is up.