Wow! Google released a new web browser today called "Chrome."
That should certainly make IE, Firefox, Safari, and Opera take notice.
I downloaded it tonight and have made it my default browser.
What I like...
- Faster - pages pop up quicker than IE 7
- Smaller - takes up a lot less memory than IE 7
- Tab UI - you can rearrange the tabs as you please, drag them off to become independent browsers, or drag independent browsers back to make them tabs...very sleek!
- New Tab page shows you thumbnails of most visited pages, bookmarks, recently closed tabs...easier to get to pages you want to go to.
- Address bar is also search engine bar...I rarely need to go to google to find anything, I can go directly from the address bar
- Each tab is an separate process...if one page locks up, the rest continue to run (coming in IE 8, also)
- Passes the Acid2 test
- Find (Ctrl-F or F3) is much better than IE...highlights every match, F3 to go next match, Shift-F3 to go to previous
- Downloads show up at the bottom of your page as an icon you can drag to a folder or open directly
- More screen space for web pages than IE (uses some of title bar for top UI, no status bar at bottom)
So far, the only issue I see is with iGoogle (how ironic)...when I shrink the window, one of the widgets does not know how to resize correctly and keeps changing size which causes the whole page to start flashing. Then again, Google uses their almost permanent "beta" status on this software so they can say "what do you expect, it is beta software!"
Oh! Found another one. You can only look at about 47 facebook photos before it refuses to let you look at anymore...hmmm.
I'm going to keep using this as long as I don't run into too many websites that have problems. For now, I think Google has a competitor in its hands.