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!

5 comments on 'Chrome – it’s so shiny!'

  1. Posted by J - September 6th, 2008 2:09 am

    Interesting. Many people I’ve talked to said they were sticking with Firefox. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft does with IE 8 as well. I’ll probably try Chrome (Mac) as some point, but I like FF just fine so I’ll have to be good to garner my support. Although, faster is (almost) always good… :)

  2. Posted by Maurice - September 10th, 2008 1:57 pm

    Just downloaded it and writing from it this comment :) . Looks nice and clean. Lots of space is good too but… It is too simple. Lack of options is disturbing, and I can’t even find the “change language” option or anything of this kind (so now every English word I write is underlined -_-).
    Anyway, it isn’t bad, but I won’t leave FF anytime soon ^^

  3. Posted by Chris - September 10th, 2008 4:42 pm

    Yep, some of the options are hidden very well.

    But you should be able to change language. Way too many clicks needed to do it, but try this:

    * Click on the wrench / spanner icon (rightmost button near the address bar), then go to Options.
    * Select the “Minor Tweaks” tab.
    * Click the “Change font and language settings” button.
    * Select the “Languages” tab.
    * From here you can then select the language for the spell checker and for the browser itself.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Posted by Maurice - September 10th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Yup, works perfectly now. Thanks!
    Now I am looking at other stuff that this new browser presents, and after poking for a bit more I must admit there are some pleasing additions. Really remarkable is the “most visited” screen appearing on new tabs, which proves to be useful.
    Making shortcuts on desktop to open sites in special screen is interesting, albeit doesn’t seem much useful to me.
    But what seems to be most splendid is independent working of each tab, which, as google claims and I suppose I can believe them, makes it if one tab crashes, others work undisturbed.

    Anyway, I think I’ll put it into more testing after all :) .

  5. Posted by J - September 11th, 2008 2:05 pm

    I bet that FF implements independent tab threading eventually. At least I hope so… :)

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