Last week Google continued its march in Internet domination by releasing its very own Web browser, Chrome. I downloaded it the day it came out and have been really impressed. It’s incredibly fast, not cluttered with unnecessary features, and has some great under-the-hood performance.
I’ve long been a huge fan of Firefox and it will likely continue to be my primary browser, but already I’ve caught myself with both browsers open since Chrome is just so fast.
Some of my favorite Chrome features include the following:
- Speed, speed, speed — it’s incredibly fast (both app launching and Web browsing) and TechCrunch has also raved about it
- Optimized speed of using Google apps like Gmail, Docs, etc. (who knows their apps better than Google itself?)
- The home tab, which shows your most-visited sites
- The single-search toolbar (type in your searches and URLs in the same field)
- The separate-process tabs (this is a huge deal since if one site/tab crashes, it does so in isolation vs. locking up your entire browser, as Firefox and Internet Explorer do)
- The ability to drag a tab outside the primary browser and drop it anywhere on your screen (too cool!)
I also really like the easy-to-understand comic book that Google launched with Chrome to explain the underlying technology (as a support professional, I especially appreciate this unique approach to documentation):
If Chrome offered support for the following, using it as my primary browser would be even more compelling:
- RoboForm (not really a Google problem, but one that hopefully RoboForm can solve)
- Foxmarks (sounds like support is on the way)
There was some early controversy about a sentence in the EULA that suggested Google was going to claim the right to use any content you produced in Chrome (email, blog entries, etc.), but Google was quick to respond to the outcry and updated its terms.
Many of us spend so much of our time using Internet applications that it makes sense to rethink the browser as its own operating system — exactly what Google is doing, of course, and taking aim at Microsoft and Windows.
Chrome is currently only available for Windows Vista and XP SP2, but there will likely be a Mac version before too long (and no doubt a mobile version for your cell phone).
Finally, here’s a helpful tip on how to integrate Internet Download Manager for use with Chrome.[ Subscribe to gabeanderson.com via email or RSS feed. ]