Google have decided to dip their finger into yet another pie – this time it’s the web browser market with their newest killer app, Chrome. In a world dominated by Internet Explorer, Firefox and even Opera, what good is this really going to do?
Well, I’m using Chrome right now and although I’m easily swayed by shiny new things, I must admit that it’s a very pleasant browser to surf with. The way it uses screen space is the best of any I’ve seen yet – there’s no status bar, and tabs are discreetly shoved up into what would be the window’s title bar. My only complaint is that your bookmarks list is hidden away a bit too well until you enable the “Always show bookmarks bar” option. Oh, and addon support isn’t so good at the moment… but it’s new, and that’s to be expected.
Who’d have thought you could end up with a task manager dedicated to your browser? Chrome has that, too! Now you can dig the dirt on what webpages are using the most processor power and network bandwidth, then shut down web processes that are too demanding. Also, Google claims that if something goes wrong in one tab, it shouldn’t affect anything else you’re browsing in another tab.
But the most important thing – it feels fast. Faster than Firefox, and that’s saying something.
My personal verdict: try it, use it, enjoy it! It’s my new “surfing” browser of choice. I’ll still use Firefox for web development as I need Firebug for straightening out my awful CSS hacks, but as soon as that works with Chrome then I’ll be waving the fox goodbye!