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Chrome May Be Shiny & New But….

Chrome is definitely new and worth checking out but I’ve decided not to get too excited about it.

How come?

First, I’m having trouble installing it on the two Windows laptops in my house, which is a long story that has nothing to do with my broadband connection or willingness to install it. :)

Second, the one lesson I’ve learned from being a beta whore over the past few years is if you’re happy with the application you’re currently using, then think twice about trying out something else simply because it’s new. The same approach could be embraced when it comes to upgrades that promise more features but, quite often, headaches as well.

Bottom line: I really like Firefox. I like how it performs, including the new features in Firefox 3.0; I like how I can have 20 tabs open at the same time; and I like that Firefox is an open-source player with a thriving developer and extension community.

It’s not to suggest that Chrome isn’t appealing. The notion of a super-fast browser sounds really good, and I think Chrome will resonate with many people who want a user-friendly, no-frills browser.

But Chrome doesn’t have add-ons yet, it doesn’t offer a version for Mac, and it’s bad enough that I’m using multiple Google services already.

That isn’t to say Chrome won’t get more interesting in the future because you know Google is going to learn and improve it. For one, I expect Google to start to integrate more of its other services (e.g. GMail, Blogger, YouTube, Picasa) into Chrome.

But, for now, Firefox and I are tight.

For what Chrome got right, check out a guest post on Louis Grey by Phil Glockner.

More: Google has been getting an awful lot of flack about its end-user licensing agreement, which essentially says that anything you upload using Chrome gives Google the right to use it.

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  • http://www.winextra.com Steven Hodson

    and once people get past the fact that it’s a browser (yawn) they might start seeing that this is more about changing work flows and the desktop. I wrote about this aspect of it yesterday while I was playing around with Chrome and the more I work with it the more I stand by what I wrote

    http://www.winextra.com/2008/09/02/thanks-google-now-im-going-to-hell/

  • http://www.markevanstech.com Mark Evans

    Steve,

    Having not used Chrome yet, I can’t fully appreciate some of the nuances you talk about in your post. But as someone who has a lot of tabs going – some applications, some content – all day long, I definitely like the idea of them operating with some sense of independence. Now, if I could fix my Windows Installer 1601 error, I’d be good to go.

    :)

  • http://www.testingcorner.net suresh

    Well i installed crome.

    It has some good features like getting automatic speed dial like opera and appeal is also good.

    I do use fire fox also and give a try for crome also now and then.

  • http://www.veritascanada.com PRJack

    on a different facet… how different is the launch of Chrome with the launch of cuil.com? The latter over promised and took pot-shots at competitors. The former admitted it may have some flaws (hey, it’s a BETA version, right?) but didn’t over promise anything. I can tell you who scored bigger from a Marketing Communications standpoint, that’s for sure!

  • http://webskills.wordpress.com Chris Schmitt

    I think what Google has done is actually pretty impressive. I installed it and worked great right out of the gate. And they tell a really good story with their multi-process architecture. Seems like the way for browsers to go…

    But am I going to switch? I don’t really see the need right now. Why go to the trouble? Firefox works great.

    Google has to prove why their design and architecture is the best (in real life, not just in a comic book) and that people running web-based apps can’t live without it. If they can do that then I’ll be one of the first to switch.

  • http://www.ardentedge.com George Toms

    Google Chrome is really fast!
    Now I can sort 200,000 records inside of Browser (Chrome) just in 1 sec. (Faster than Microsoft Excel):
    http://www.ardentedge.com/ex_if.htm

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/zerostrike Jonathon Chase

    Google Chrome is impressively fast, but doesn’t support the Active X or Java I need to use LogMeIn.com and access my home computer, bringing me right back to Firefox 3.0 again. I have the same problem with the 1601 error on my desktop running WinXP Pro w/SP3, but no problems installing it on my laptop with Vista Home Premium w/SP1.

    Complete agree with what you said Mark. Go with what you know.

  • http://www.vmalni.com Buzzlair Voufincci

    I heard about Chrome. I love google, but never have intention to try Chrome. Same as u, im a Firefox hu ha.