Google Chrome Redefines the Browser

This morning I had a couple emails in my inbox with reference to Google’s new open source Chrome browser. I deleted the first few, and just after I had deleted the last one, something made me CTRL+Z undelete it. I figured if Google had just come out with a new browser I might as well find out about it. 

Anyways, in the post was a link to the e-comic book that Google created to spread the word. I read it through, not realizing it would be quite so long, but found it very informative. I didn’t really know much about browser architecture, and I can’t say I’ve ever really cared very much, but nonetheless, it broke things down quite simply to a level I think most people would grasp, even though these are complicated, technical processes. 

Anyways, the upshot of all this is that Google basically started with a blank sheet, and redesigned a new browser. The took the things that break from Mozilla and IE, and re-thought them. It is multi-threaded, and has a virtual machine and sorry, I see eyeballs glazing over already. 

Takeaway: It’s not supposed to crash. And if it does, only one tab will crash, which you can close. It is far better with memory. It is more secure. It is more user-friendly. I can take a tab and turn it into a window, or vice versa, simply by dragging and dropping it. It has an incognito mode, where no cookies or history are saved from that tab’s actions. New tabs default to a useful page giving you your most commonly selected options, leading to a truly personalized browser. 

Currently Chrome is only available for Windows Vista, however there are plans to release it for Mac and Linux as well. You can get it at google.com/chrome. 

Very interesting that Chrome is coming out close to IE8. I haven’t downloaded IE8 yet, though I will soon. My gut tells me Chrome is going to kick some IE8 down the hallway though. 

What are your thoughts? Have you installed Chrome? Not going to? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

 

4 Responses to Google Chrome Redefines the Browser
  1. Pete Prestipino
    September 3, 2008 | 6:42 am

    I think Chrome might work on Windows XP as well – I haven’t tried it out yet but there is certainly is a lot of chatter. Whether it will displace IE as THE browser is anyone’s guess – but Google is certainly well positioned to poach some market share.

  2. Jonathan
    September 3, 2008 | 8:17 am

    Hi Pete, personally I doubt whether Chrome will take that much market share from IE/FF anytime soon. I think most of those who use IE use it because it’s what’s on their computer, and they couldn’t be bothered to switch. Those using FF, Safari, Opera etc would probably be the most obvious switchers, but Google just renewed their contract with FireFox so I don’t think they’re going to be attacking their ally very much. It will be interesting to see how this is promoted though.

  3. Mike Wilkerson - 2GuysTalking Podcast
    September 18, 2008 | 6:49 am

    I like the look of it a lot. I do notice a lot of distortion on webpages with images, though. I also understand that their EULA “makes it so that whatever you make via blog, comment inserts, etc with it is copyrighted and owned by them?” Surely that’s Interssip, but if not, wow 😉

    I’ll check the EULA some more and report back. I’ll try to get some screens of the distortion I’m talking about.

  4. Jonathan
    September 19, 2008 | 8:26 am

    Hi Mike – I can’t say I’m always a stickler for reading the EULA’s, so I missed that one, but I can’t see how Google could pull that one past the industry! That would be like a cellphone company claiming the rights to all your phone conversations!

    If you find more info on this I’d sure be interested in hearing more!