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 posting on its Web site. Google said the free browser, called "Chrome," will be available for downloading today.
The browser represents Google Inc.'s latest challenge to Microsoft, 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.