Chrome comes to Google!

Yup, it’s finally here! The long awaited browser from the most popular name on the internet – Google, with the launch of its fabled ‘Chrome’ web browser.

And like most internet junkies, I scrambled to be among the first to download and use it – and I have one thing to say about it:

It’s brilliant!
Not beautiful – there’s no eye-catching colors, fancy design or anything, but it’s just brilliant.

And although people who are used to Safari’s fluid interface may not be too thrilled with the bare-minimalist design, most of the common folks who’ve been stuck with Microsoft IE might choose to move, thanks to automatic import of bookmarks, favorites and all your settings right from your old browser into Chrome.

And that’s not all; there are several features that are leap years ahead of anything on Mozilla Firefox, Safari and (is it even worth mentioning?) IE. For instance, the tabs automatically open with your most recently visited pages, and you can just click on where you want to go. Searches are direct from the address bar, and Chrome automatically gives spelling suggestions for misspelt words – pretty much like Google itself.

There are also nifty well-thought features like the status bar that automatically disappears after loading, downloads that are tied to the page itself without launching a separate pop-up and so on.

You can also do a lot of extras – like dragging out tabs to make them into a separate window or joining multiple windows into one single window, right-click a phrase and search for it and so on.

Of course, it’s only beta, and there’s bound to be improvements; as well as bugs in the current version. Right now, I’m just trying this out and am really excited…and now that I read back what I’ve written, it almost sounds like a promotion campaign for Chrome.

But I really think this is one download that’s worth trying out. And let me know what’s your take on it.


Jaffer said...

One thing I like about Google Chrome is how efficiently it handles Javascript - it's fast !
I think only Opera comes next when it comes to handling Java and JavaScript that well.

One point Google is trying to make is that browsers take a lesson from chrome.
They has even said that they hope to unify Chrome with Firefox because of their close working relationship with the Mozilla Foundation.
Besides Google is a major financial contributor to Firefox.

Unfortunately Mozilla is not seeing it that way and is preparing to wage-war -
First by announcing that it's got a faster JavaScript engine in the works.

I hope Mozilla doesn't go too far and do anything stupid that would spell doom !

mydominanthemisphere said...

Too bad the Mac and Linux crowd have been left out, for the moment. I'd have liked to try out Chrome, but sadly I need to reboot all the darn way into Windows to test it. Too much of a price to pay by me. The most significant development from a Linux user's perspective is Chrome's engine being Webkit. We have a gigaton of gecko browsers and only a handful of yet experimental webkit ones. There are rumblings of Konqueror using qt-webkit sometime in the future, but Chrome is the most significant webkit browser that will come to Linux IMO.

just wondering, did you run a compiled version of Chrome on Linux or did you try a binary on Windows? given Mozilla's love for gecko, I find it hard to believe that it'll be tying up with Chrome in the near future. BTW, I loved the Lifehacker story you shared on Twitter. Getting Firefox to work like Chrome:

Rayees Ahamed said...

The features are really good. I read something that this venture will wind up the concept of operating system itself, i dont know what does it actually mean.

being a chemical engineer with very limited knowledge of computers, i feel that chrome is cool with very user friendly features but it is slower than mozilla firefox in loading heavy web pages.

Jaffer said...

@Firas I used my brother's computer, which runs Windows-XP
I'm afraid of running Chrome on mine because Chrome gives a new process to every tab. This is supposed to keep the browser running in case a tab-failed. Although I didn't see any significant slow downs when running Chrome.

The future versions Epiphany will be built on Webkit. I was impressed with the performance when I tried it on Debian Lenny. I think it's a good call by the developers, as GNOME already comes pre-installed with Firefox.
(Or lets say, Firefox is a dependency)

rahman said...

@Jaffer, Firas

Thx for the comments fellas; and as usual, I didn't understand the geek-talk :)
For simple folks like me, there's two things that matter:
a) Good features and
b) Ease of shifting (remember the Apple Ads?)

Chrome has both, therefore I Chrome.

Now that you mention it, does seem a bit slow...but that's probably because each tab is individually sandboxed and juices out too much processing from ancient machines like mine.

Sindhu said...

I'm tempted to give this a try. Google's impressive with its overall products, so I'm sure this won't be disappointing... especially after the way you described it!

Well, I happened to come across your blog, thought I would leave a comment. :) It's nice, keep up the good work!

rahman said...

hey, thx! nice to see a new face.
Actually, if you've read up on my twitter updates, I'm almost given up on Chrome...coz it doesn't do that well on corporate firewalls and proxies.
Guess that was the initial hype! :)