For those of you thinking ‘you know what, there really should be more Google on the web’: Google Chrome

2 09 2008

Googlifictation: if no-one’s thought of the word already then I’d like to stake a claim to it. If they have, then I really can’t afford lawyers so it’s all yours. I read about the launch of Google Chrome this morning, my immediate reaction being something like that of the orc-y looking bloke in this: I’m pretty sure I’m not going to like it, but there’s not really going to be any avoiding it. Surely there’s enough Google on the internet already without them pitching their hat into the web browser ring? I’m sure that pretty soon you’ll be able to enjoy an entirely homogeneous Google web experience, searching for Google sites through a Google search engine running in your Google browser. Happy days indeed!

Then I read Google’s blog entry on the launch of Chrome and my knee stopped jerking quite so fiercely. A lot of what they say about Chrome is actually very persuasive and makes a lot of sense in the context of recent changes in the web and how people experience it. For example:

We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what we set out to build.

Best of all, I felt was this:

Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today’s complex web applications much better. By keeping each tab in an isolated “sandbox”, we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers.

So now I’ve gone from an impending sense of doom to a feeling of more than mild interest in how Chrome is going to work. I’ll be getting hold of the beta version ASAP and putting my thoughts here in the coming weeks.

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4 09 2008
Katharine Thompson

Hi Andrew, I downloaded Chrome yesterday. I’m not sure about it yet – all that white space makes me feel a bit lonely in a strange way! It is superfast though and it imported all my Firefox bookmarks in record time. Being a reletively recent convert to Firefox I’m not sure that I’m ready to learn the ways of yet another new browser, but I’m interested to see what happens.
Katharine

15 09 2008
ostephens

I’m definitely a fan of Chrome – the speed is the main selling point, and I’m not a big FF extension user. There are a few other nice touches – I like the homepage concept (this is a bit like Opera’s speed-dial feature, but dynamic – and in fact one of the 3 FF extensions I use is one that replicates the Opera speed-dial function). I also think the ‘Find in page’ function is even better than FF – and actually this is (for me) one of the key advantages that FF has over IE (whose ‘Find’ function is just the worst thing ever)

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