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Google Chrome - did you ask for a new web browser?

Posted by ClifNotes • Sep 2008 • permalinkWeb Browser

 

I am editing this post using Google's new web browser.

 

I first heard about it in this article:

Google challenges Microsoft with new browser from AFP news

Google on Tuesday launched its own Internet browser, opening up a new challenge in cyberspace to Microsoft and its dominant Internet Explorer.

The California-based Web search leader said the new browser called Google Chrome would "add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web."

"Google Chrome is a new approach to the browser that's based on the simplicity and power that users have come to expect from Google products," the company said in a statement.

"We realized ... we needed to completely rethink the browser," Google's Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.

 

I didn't ask for a new browser, but after using it awhile, I am beginning to like the little extra rendering speed and the no-lag way it works with all the Google services like Gmail, GoogleNotebook, and Google Reader. I use those three services every day and Chrome is saving me some time now.

 

Not familiar with Google Chrome's new features? See the cartoon Google made about it, or read LifeHacker's in depth review of Chrome.

 

Things I do like:

  1. can make web application links on your desktop or quick launch
  2. very fast on most web 2.0 sites
  3. address and search are the same box like Firefox3's new "awesome bar"
  4. "most visited sites" page on the new tab page
  5. "recently closed" table on new tab page
  6. "search your history" on new tab page
  7. built in "Google Suggest" when typing in a new URL or search
  8. auto-complete of URLs when typing in addresses you've visited before
  9. built in spell checker in text entry boxes

 

Things I don't like:

  1. can't search in text boxes
  2. doesn't work with all web 2.0 sites yet
  3. doesn't have addons or extensions yet
  4. it's not going to steal users from IE as much as it will FireFox

 

As you can see, I have more likes than dislikes. I can't entirely abandon Firefox yet but I'm using Chrome more every day. Just remember, it's still in Beta testing so there's a chance it may screw things up for you. If you'd like to try it briefly, I can recommend the portable version.

 

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Quote from the Chrome website

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Shortcuts for your apps

Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications.

Download Google Chrome

 

See also Ultimate List of Tips and Tricks for Google Chrome