But the race isn't over yet. Companies such as Adobe and Microsoft that have investments in competing technologies don't accept Google's contention that open source standards and non-proprietary tools represent the future.
So Google wants to make the Web faster: On Tuesday, it launched a new developer Web site that aims to accelerate the Web. The race really is just getting started.
"Over the years, through continuous experimentation, we've identified some performance best practices that we'd like to share with the Web community on code.google.com/speed, a new site for Web developers, with tutorials, tips and performance tools," explained Google engineering SVPs Urs Hoelzle and Bill Coughran in a blog post.
The site includes advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, HTTP caching, and a variety of other ways to make Web pages load faster.
When online applications work and feel like desktop applications, the Web, and perhaps Google, can truly be said to have won. The fact that Google is trying to make the Web faster suggests that hasn't happened yet.
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