According to Nicholas Carr, "Chrome is the first cloud browser". If you're not familiar with Chrome, this application is Google's entry into the browser wars. In his blog, Mr. Carr describes it as " the first browser built from the ground up with the idea of running applications rather than displaying pages".
For the national security community this event really highlights the current shift from a desktop-centric world to the network-centric world.
Words from Google.
"All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends -- all using a browser. Because we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build."
Read more on Chrome on the Official Google blog.