Is Google Chrome really that great?

Like every other geek in this world, I also downloaded the Chrome on Tuesday and have been using it for almost a week now. Honestly, I liked it. I am not sure whether I would quit using firefox though. The chrome has a long way to go before I would think of making it my default browser. And looking at Google’s past products, I am very skeptical about how better it can get. Look at Gmail or Google Talk or Google Notebook or Google Desktop. When was the last time they updated any of these with new features? I agree that a company needn’t release updates just for the sake of it. But, products like Google Talk lack in many features. They have a long way to go before they reach parity with other similar products in the market. I hope Google doesn’t follow that pattern to their Chrome life cycle also. Firefox and IE are cranking out innovative updates like crazy.

Anyway, there are many things I did like about Chrome. Like their downloads, popups, cool window sborders and those special pages – about:memory, about:stats, about:network, about:internets, about:histograms, about:dns, about:cache, about:crash, about:plugins, about:version. 

And there are stuff that I hate about Chroma – Lack of a decent settings section (Why is it tapping into the IE settings dialog?), lack of support for plugins, lack of a title bar on top of the window (the tabs look very cluttered on the edge of the window. Also the site names get unreadable in tabs and there is no titlebar which shows the title either!!!) and some more…

In the meanwhile, I came across this post today, which is pretty informative! 

Since everyone seems to be determined to cover Google’s newly-launched Chrome browser on every side, I have decided to join in after I’ve been playing with the browser for a few days and reading literally hundreds of posts about it everywhere. This post is intended to demystify Google’s browser a little and show that some of the hype around it is merely about Google actually launching a browser instead of the innovative approaches implemented in the browser itself – no matter how hard Google may try to persuade everyone the browser is full of entirely new ideas not seen anywhere else.

Myth 1: Separate processes for each tab

This seems to be the most hyped feature of Google Chrome – the one everyone seems to be very excited about after having Firefox crashes caused by a process running in one of the tabs. Unfortunately, there is some disappointment here as this approach is far from new and it is even used in Internet Explorer 8 beta – the browser everyone thinks Chrome is intended to compete with. Microsoft named this “tab isolation” and the feature description reads: “If a website or add-on causes a tab to crash in Internet Explorer 8, only that tab is affected. The browser itself remains stable and other tabs remain unaffected, thereby minimizing any disruption to your browsing experience.” Does not it sound familiar after all those reviews of Chrome everyone must have read already?

10 Myths about Google Chrome Browser ]


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