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Do You Think Google Chrome is Just Another Web Browser?

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In a few short hours from the time this was recorded, we all had our hands on Google Chrome. I feel this is a game changer in the way the World Wide Web works. I made up a list of five reasons that Chrome will soon become your default browser. You know Google, from Docs to AdSense to Earth. Google is here, and it’s a strong presence on the Web. Let’s look at the reasons I came up with:

  • Google is focused on user experience. The experience is having a browser that does what you want it to do… browse the Web. Many developers don’t even think about that. I’m sure you have Google in your browser already, whether it’s a toolbar or your home page. Google has already shown us how they are focused on the users… YOU. Read the comic book documentation. It outlines for you why it’s pinpointing user experience, and what that means for you.
  • It’s open source. You can take the code if you wanted to, and build your own browser. Take it and make it your own. The fact that it is open source is very telling. Google knows it is not in their best interest to lock the code away in proprietary measures. Chrome is open source because they are trying to make the Web better for everyone.
  • Speed. Google has based Chrome on WebKit, which is optimized for speed. Google’s also developed a JavaScript engine to further enhance your browsing speed experience. You know how sometimes your entire browser will freeze occasionally, because of one site? With Chrome, that doesn’t happen, due to the way the JavaScript runs. Each tab is run as a separate process, instead of the browser as a whole.
  • It will be cross platform soon. It is being released for Windows first, but will be available for OS X and Linux soon.
  • Security. This is a big one. Google thought about the security model, all the way down to stop any kind of Phishing attacks within the browser. It’s constantly going to be updated with the latest Phishing information. Google Chrome also helps you to only log onto secure SSL connections whenever possible, and will warn you if the site you’re connected to is not secure.

Those are the five reasons I feel you need to pay attention to Google Chrome. Even if you think you aren’t ready to switch your browser, why not give it a try? You never know what you’re missing until you check it out.


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Will Google Chrome Change the Web World?

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Yes, I remember Netscape, and I never liked it. I also remember when Safari was made. Fast forward to today… and we now have Google Chrome. This is going to be Google’s Web browser offering to the World.

In Google Chrome, you can get anywhere on the Web with one box. The address bar that sits at the top of the normal Google Chrome window simplifies your Internet experience by doubling as a search box. You can also use it to bookmark websites and stay aware about the security of a website.

As of the time of this recording on September 2nd, 2008, it hasn’t been officially released. Google had released documentation earlier in the day today, and people were taken aback, wondering if it was real. Google posted a comic book type of explanation about Chrome. If every “read me” file would be done in this fashion, people would actually read them. I read the entire thing! The main drawback so far is that it’s only available for Windows at this point, and not OS X or Linux.

Google Chrome is based on WebKit. Why is that important? Not only do pages look good, but they load fast. Google has gone in and optimized the way pages run, and load, and are managed. You know how you may have a few browser windows open, and one of them freezes… causing your whole browser to ‘crash’ or freeze? Google has taken care of that problem with Chrome.

You’re going to appreciate what Google has done, and why this will be a much better Web browser for you. If what they claim in the promotional information is remotely true, this is a complete reinvention of the Web browser as we know it. You’ll find out what forethought went into how the security model worked, how the page management and rendering worked, and how all a Web browser can handle all the new technologies there are. Google has potentially moved the entire industry forward by releasing Google Chrome.

My only hope and wish is that the User Interface is not a Google UI. As far as the Web is concerned, they’ve done a great job. However, they have fallen short with the UI in their applications. I have yet to try it myself, as I use OS X. However, I will be having Ponzi run this on her Windows machine, and get her feedback on it. Ponzi is very picky about things like her browser, so she’ll be brutally honest… good or bad.

What are your thoughts? Are you using Google Chrome yet? If so, what do you think so far? If you’re not… what are you waiting for?!


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