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Monday, 06 October 2008 05:45

google chart goog(SURFCHROME.COM) - Even the mighty Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) hasn't been invulnerable to the recent financial meltdown in the stock market proving Isaac Newton's theory that what goes up must come down.  During trading hours Friday October 2, 2008, Google Chrome was the main focus in a CNBC interview with Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google.  Interestingly, CNBC chose to do a split screen during the interview showing Google stock which has been plummeting off its highs over the past year.  Marissa Mayer was well spoken and was very articulate but did use a few terms such as UI, JavaScript and HTML that are probably unheard of by the average CNBC viewer.  Mayer also described the objective of Chrome's release was to advance the overall browser market and encourage innovation in web applications.

Below, we transcribed the interview word for word for your viewing pleasure.

CNBC: Google is a company that is focused obsessively on the future.  What are you doing right now?  What is the biggest innovation that is constructive that's going on?

Marissa Mayer: Well that's right. We really are very focused on innovation and in September alone, we had a lot of new product launches.  One of the product launches I was most happy with was our Chrome Browser launch.  Just looking at how do browsers work on the web and looking at how can we move that forward.  How can we innovate on that.  How can we handle JavaScript better.  How can we cleanup the UI so we can see more of the web page.  How can we change tabs so when one of the tabs crashes it doesn't take down your whole browser.  But asking those kind of why questions are what really leads to innovation."

One thing that I notice recently that on Google is that when it started, that when I type something into the search bar it started finishing it for me and giving me all sorts of different options and saying how many solutions, shall we say, or web hits came up on each one.  What's the response to that so far? Sometimes I love it and sometimes I click on the wrong thing by accident and get a little annoyed.

Marissa Mayer: Well, that product is called Google Suggest and you're right we have it on the homepage so when you start typing your search, we give you possible expansions.  Possible queries.  And the response has been really great because one thing that we noticed is that sometimes users don't know exactly what they want or don't know what exactly is the vocabulary around what they're looking for is.  And so this really gives us a chance to offer up some suggestions.  And we that our users actually misspell less often and they find the results they're looking for because they do fewer queries.

CNBC: Let's get back to the subject of the browser for a moment.  What are your hopes for that?  Do you want to replace IE (Internet Explorer)?

Marissa Mayer: Well, we really want to make sure that the web is advancing as a platform and we really want openness which is why chrome is an open source browser.  Which is why all the code we wrote for the browser is open source and we hope that other people will build on it and add to it.  But our hope here is really to try and advance browsers overall so we really like what we've done with our browser and we think that this also means that a lot of the other browsers will start innovating in the same way.  For example, over the past 10 years browsers have really advanced in HTML. They've gotten really good at rendering it.  It's very fast.  But more and more on the web, things are using JavaScript.  So for example, Gmail and Google Maps and everything that feels kind of like an app in your browser is actually based on code called JavaScript which is different than HTML.  So we rewrote the engine for Java script because we've seen that very little had been done to innovate, and improve, and optimize the way JavaScript gets handled.

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