Associated Press 09.01.08, 5:20 PM ET
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -
Google will begin distributing its own browser in a move likely to heat up its rivalry with Microsoft.
The Internet search leader confirmed the long-rumored browser in a Monday posting on its Web site. Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) said the free browser, called "Chrome," will be available for downloading Tuesday.
The browser represents Google Inc.'s latest challenge to Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ), whose Internet Explorer is used by nearly 75 percent of Web surfers. Google has been concerned that Microsoft will try to program Internet Explorer in a way that makes it more difficult for Google's search engine to attract traffic.