"...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
-2 Corinthians 3:17 (NASB)

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
~John Adams

1.06.2009

A Chrome Finish

Google Chrome is a significant browser for one main reason: Google. It's the first part of the name that gives this little bugger such a punch. Not to say that it doesn't have some very nice features. On the contrary, Google Chrome is a very nice research machine, there just aren't many new, impressive features.

So... putting aside the Google label slapped onto it, what are some important points to make about Chrome?

1) It's Only available for Windows SP 2 and Vista. :-(

2) Each tab is treated as a separate process. This is nice in that errors in one tab can easily be isolated and not effect other tabs. It's also annoying to have 15 "chrome.exe" running.
Very nice feature, but IE beat them to it. The Internet Explorer 8 beta actually used this feature before Google. So it's a nice feature, but nothing to rave about.

3) Chrome uses Safari's engine, Webkit. This means it's fast. Really fast. Nice, but the performance gains aren't that major. Opera is already smoking fast, even thought it doesn't yet have the same compatibility. One major failure in my experience was download time. It loaded pages very quickly compared to Firefox, but when it was downloading a file it was using about an eighth of the bandwidth that Firefox could have gotten. Beats me.

4) It doesn't have some very important (to me) features like RSS, extensions, etc. This will probably change, but there's no way it can compete with FF's extensibility.

I don't think it's time to switch over to Chrome, but it is a very nice browser to use as a sidekick.

So, to rap it all up: Chrome will have an appeal for newbies (rivaled only by Internet explorer) and be useful for experts and newbies alike.

If it gets you away from Internet Explorer, go ahead. But I wouldn't trash your other browsers if I was you.

4 comments:

  1. I got Chrome on XP.

    Alex M.

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  2. I am using Chrome right now on XP and lovin' it.

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  3. Good post, just a few thoughts -

    First, Internet Explorer DID have the separate tab processes feature on IE8 Beta, but have you actually used it yet? IE8 crashes all the time in it's current form.

    I agree with you about everything else though. Love Chrome, as soon as it adds RSS support and extensions (other than bookmarklets), I'll be hooked.

    --jonathan

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  4. You're right. I don't try out IE. It stinks.

    But Chrome was the first one to actually make separate processes for different tabs viable. It didn't work on IE. :-(

    > < > Brian

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