Let’s talk about Google Chrome. Why not? Everyone else is.
I would be willing to bet anyone reading this article has already downloaded the Windows beta and is probably using it right now so I’m not going to go through the feature list or anything like that, besides, Martin’s already taken a look at that side of Chrome.
I downloaded it this morning as well… and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. Personally when I saw the screenshots yesterday my first thoughts where; ‘it looks like Opera 9’ and then, ‘it looks ugly’. I find that the Google minimalist style works great on the web, but in conventional software it simply looks tacky.
Essentially it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but brings together what are the best features of each other major browser. I think some of this is unintentional, the similarity of Chrome’s feature list to Internet Explorer 8 isn’t something they would have planned.
On one hand, a unique new browser seems a little superfluous, that makes Internet Explorer (5, 6, 7 + 8), Firefox (2 + 3), Opera and Safari. On the other hand Google has every right to try its hand in this space, especially considering the very premise of the company.
What people seem to be wondering about is whether or not Google Chrome will favour its own applications and services over the rest of the web. Personally I hope they do… I’m happy to think of Chrome less as a browser aimed at taking on the Firefox/IE market, and instead a Google Application which makes accessing Google services from the desktop that much easier. So I like this release, but not because I will use it to replace my other main browser, but because I will use it to access Google services.
Oh, and this beta release of Chrome feels more stable than the final release of Firefox 3.
In essence I guess I would say this about Google Chrome; “nothing new, but done just right”. What’s your thoughts?
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