Chrome Experiments Hits 500 Mark; 450+ Web Fonts Available to Google Docs & Drive; Announces End of Support to IE8 for Domains on 11/15

Chrome today celebrates the 500th experiment, with the newly created "Experiment 500," an array of interactive particles, each one of them corresponding to a different submission. You can sort them by date or by category.ChromeExperiments.com was launched in March 2009 with 19 examples, and some of those original experiments, like "Google Gravity" and "Ball Pool," […]

Chrome today celebrates the 500th experiment, with the newly created "Experiment 500," an array of interactive particles, each one of them corresponding to a different submission. You can sort them by date or by category.

ChromeExperiments.com was launched in March 2009 with 19 examples, and some of those original experiments, like "Google Gravity" and "Ball Pool," are still popular today.

As you browse the experiments, "you'll notice that Chrome Experiments has evolved along with the web in the last 3.5 years. After Google Chrome added support for WebGL, for example, we started seeing beautiful 3D graphics experiments like Evan Wallace's WebGL Water Simulation and HelloEnjoy's Lights," Google's Creative Lab team stated.

Adding, "When Web Audio came out, we received experiments that let users compose music together, such as Brandon Lockaby's Multiplayer Piano and Dinahmoe's Plink."

This summer, Google also announced a new gallery of mobile experiments, with submissions including AlteredQualia's Multitouch Toy and Dominic Szablewski's X-Type to mark the release of Chrome for Android and iOS.

Check out Experiment 500.

Celebrating 500 Chrome Experiments

Google also the end of support to Internet Explorer 8 as on November 15, for domains include "Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Education and Government."

"Internet Explorer 10 launches on 10/26/2012, and as a result, we will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 shortly afterwards, on 11/15/2012," Google announced.

After this date "users accessing Google Apps services using Internet Explorer 8 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser," Google said.

Over 450 new Google Web fonts added to documents and presentations, and Google Drive.

"Google Web Fonts, is a directory of open source web fonts for the world to use."

Google says, its seeing surge in the use of web fonts, "Over the last year, Google Web Fonts has seen a 10x increase in the amount of requests, recently crossing 1B font views per day across 100M+ web pages," Google stated.

In the video below, Googlers Ilya Grigorik and David Kuettel take an in-depth look at the technology behind Google Web Fonts: