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Google Chrome

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Current topic de jour is Google's new web browser. While I'm waiting for my extensions to upgrade themselves so I can switch to Firefox 3 without half of them being disabled, I thought I'd give it a try. The first thing I noticed was that it was blindingly fast. Firefox 3 is faster than Firefox 2, but Chrome is faster again. Impressively so.

But the main reason I'd switch to it is the whole separate-process-per-tab model. Too often I've had Firefox totally crash because I've opened a tab to a poorly-coded site. With Chrome, this is apparently no longer a problem - you only lose the tab containing the badly behaved site.

However I suspect they'll have more converts from Internet Explorer in the short term, as Chrome doesn't yet support extensions (I can't surf the web without some of them!). It's also only available for Windows at the moment. No doubt both issues will be addressed. I think this is going to signal another leap forward in web browser technology (are Microsoft so far behind at this point that they won't be able to catch up?)

The Google Webmaster suggestions group has been flooded with suggestions for Google Chrome - the group's supposed to be for suggestions about Google Webmaster Tools and says so clearly at the top - way to fail at simple comprehension, people.

You can get Chrome from the Google Chrome page. It's still in beta at the moment.

Posted September 4, 2008 8:44 PM


Heh - I'll have to download it (along side Opera and Safari and Lynx) in order to preview my web pages. :-)

Posted by: trinalin | September 5, 2008 8:40 AM

I have one computer on Firefox 3, but the downloader I use cannot use the old version under 3, and the new version doesn't work properly. Until either that works, or I sort out a different downloader, I'm sticking with 2.

(That said, if Chrome gets some decent addons...)

Posted by: Thad Ritchards | September 5, 2008 8:46 AM

Trina: Chrome uses the same HTML rendering as Safari, so so long as you check it in that, it should be fine in Chrome. :)

Posted by: Alden | September 5, 2008 9:29 AM

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