Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I like Google Chrome

Google just released it's own web browser today called Chrome.  Of course it's free and looks like it will be in "beta" for a while but I can get used to that.  Gmail's been in beta for a few years now.

After installing Chrome I was imediately impressed with the amount of space I seem to have.  All there is is an tab row and toolbar.  Once I imported my Firefox bookmarks I got another row for my Bookmark Toolbar.  But that's it!

It loads pages real fast too.  At home I'm on WiFi because there's no room for me at the computer desk in the family area.  So I "work" at a small desk in my room.  Even so the pages load very quickly.

This browser feels very light.  If that's posssible.  I don't feel burdened down like I do with Firefox.  Don't get me wrong, I loved Firefox like it was one of my own but I think it time to give it up.

There is only one thing I can think of that Chrome needs and that's a page content blocker.  I hate ads and if I can remove them from a site (on my end) I will.   But since Chrome is Open Source I'm sure there's a 13 year old out there coding away and there will be specialized versions popping up on the web for a while.

Chrome has a few new features that set it aside from other browsers.  You can watch the short videos they have here.  My favs are the ability to drag any tab out of the browser into it's own window then back again...seamlessly.  The task manager is great to.  They've made this browser so that each tab is running it's own process so if you have a hanging page you can kill it without killing the whole program.  Very smart.

Over all I really like this new browser.  I've only been using it for a couple hours though so I will have to give it a fair shake during the next month to get a real feel for it.

More later.


MaTT said...

So, 2 weeks later, what do you think?

p.s. I'm posting this comment while using Google Chrome - I'm all Chrome'd out my Chromie!!!