I tried out Google's new Chrome browser a few days ago. I downloaded Internet Explorer 8 (beta 2) today.
Initial reaction: everything I like about Chrome is already available in IE8.
What I like:
- Passes the Acid2 test
- Related tabs are kept next to each other with color coding. For example, when you open a link from another tab, both tabs will have the same color (see below)
- The address bar highlights the name of the website in bolder text...nice touch (see "arstechnica" in graphic below).
- Typing in the address bar will automatically search your history, or setup a search for the item...no need to go to Google to search for something.
- Searching for text on the page is *much* improved. Just do "Ctrl-F" and type what you are looking for. All matches are instantly highlighted. Press "Enter" to move forward to the next search item or "Shift-Enter" to go back. Nice!
- New tab has a list of last closed tabs...easier to get back to places you've already been (although I prefer Chrome's new tab screen because of the thumbnails and also the most frequented web page list).
- Each tab is a separate process...a web page that crashes the browser doesn't hurt the other tabs.
- Compatibility mode! Web sites that are not "web standard's compliant" may not work correctly in IE8...so there is a button next to the address bar that allows you to switch back to IE7 rendering. *Many* web sites do not follow the web standards (instead they are designed to work with the most popular browser...IE)...so this is a *very* important feature. This is my biggest gripe with Chrome...glad to see IE8 can work will all web sites. For example, I could not login to purchase an item on walmart.com via Chrome, but IE8 could do it.
This update puts IE in the same league as Chrome and Firefox. That being the case, I don't see a reason to jump ship.
After a brief flirtation with Chrome, I'm back to IE (8, beta 2) as my default browser.