Sep 02 2008
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock today, you’ve probably heard that Google released their own browser, Chrome. The comic book that they’ve posted with it is cool, if for no other reason than it’s illustrated by Scott McCloud. But my first reaction to Chrome is “So what?”
Yes, it has a lot of security features built in. But so do IE 7/8 and Firefox 3. I was a little disturbed when I realized that Chrome not only copied all of my bookmarks and history from FF, it also downloaded my user names and passwords. I’m less concerned that Chrome was able to do this then the fact that the passwords can be exported from Firefox at all. I need to rethink saving any of my account information to the browsers at all knowing this.
There are a lot of other people writing reviews of Chrome, so I’m going to keep it simple. After a short test run, it seems to render everything at least as well as Firefox. It’s a bit faster to load and it gives me just a touch more screen space by using the top bar for tabs rather than as just a place holder. One interesting thing is that it appears to use quite a bit of memory, but it’s using it for individual tabs as separate processes rather than one process as Firefox and IE do. This is obviously part of the virtualization and sandboxing Google promised.
I’ll be interested in reading what people have to say about Chrome over the next couple of weeks, but I think I’ll be doing the majority of my surfing in Firefox 3 for the foreseeable future. I rely too heavily on many of the add-ons in Firefox to switch easily. How are your experiences with Chrome turning out and do you see yourself moving to Chrome from your current browser?