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Google Chrome Web Browser

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The Bottom Line

Chrome offers some very pleasing features. It breezes through Web pages that would slow other browsers down and the interface doesn't get in the way.

However, it's still not completely stable. Don't use Chrome to book flights or any other activities that you can't afford to fail, and don't expect your IT department to support it anytime soon.

Furthermore, plug-ins and extensions are vital to make Chrome a success, and this browser is still too new to have a large third party following.

I look forward to the next Chrome release.

Pros

  • Multi threaded processing makes Web pages load quickly
  • Sandboxed tabs prevent hanging websites from crashing the browser
  • Open source project
  • Minimalist interface design
  • Thumbnails of frequently visited pages

Cons

  • Windows only
  • Installation problems
  • Bugs and crashes
  • CSS dislplay issues
  • Not supported by all Web applications

Description

  • Type either URLs or search queries in the Omnibox. There is no separate search box and address bar.
  • Chrome uses multi-threading, so if a Web page crashes, it only crashes that tab, not the entire Web browser.
  • Chrome blocks pop-ups by putting them all on the bottom of the screen and letting you click on any you want to launch.
  • Although Chrome supports plug-ins, it's too new, as of this writing, to actually offer much.
  • Phishing protection is built in to Chrome, but don't assume that every website is safe.

Guide Review - Google Chrome Web Browser

Using Chrome required some new habits, but I found that I quickly grew into them. The home page for Chrome shoes a thumbnail history of recent websites you've visited along with a history search box.

Omnibox

Rather than typing search queries in the left box and URLs in the address bar, everything is typed into the address bar. Type in "amazon" for instance, and you'll immediately go to Amazon.com. Type in "amazon fishing" and you'll see search results for that phrase. Chrome also auto-suggests items as you type.

Speed

Chrome really does crunch through pages at high speed. I tried some sites that normally would tax my browser, and I had no problems. Chrome does this with efficient memory use and multi-threading (loading more than one page or element at the same time.)

Tabbed Browsing

Chrome uses tabbed browsing, but each tab is "sandboxed," meaning what you do in one tab won't affect what happens in other tabs, so a hanging website doesn't crash your browser. There's even a frowning faced browser icon that appears when a window crashes.

Chrome isn't married to the tab, however. If you want to open a page in a window instead of a tab, all you need to do is drag the tab down. This is a very nice touch.

Incognito

If you have a need to bypass search history and cookies, (ahem) Google has an incognito mode. Windows open in the incognito mode will show a figure in a trench coat to let you know they're private. Don't mistake this for security. You can still download malicious software while browsing incognito.

Quirks

Chrome was launched a little ahead of schedule, and it shows. It took me two computers and three tries to successfully install Chrome. I've also had issues with intermittent audio on videos and with odd text display when filling out Web forms or using auto spell check.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
GOOGLE CHROME SHINES, Member Ubersonwolf

I switched to Google Chrome from another browser a week ago. I dont particularly like changing browsers, servers, or getting up to speed on new software. Try to avoid it actually, based on past experience I reckon I will have lots to learn along those lines, without having to look for it. But I was getting lots of crashing with the old browser. Lots. Debugs were not debugging. Got some feedback from the browser, that intimated I had equipment problems... The final straw came when I was trying to keep two sites open, as I had to cut and paste from one site into another. Well, the site I had to transfer to crashed about ten times in a row! So I loaded up Google Chrome and made it my default browser....very few crashes so far, I mean minimal. And, its only the website that crashes that I loose. Really like the tab system Chrome has come up with. I'm on the wrong side of 55 and I've done my share of digging through files, so its like deja vue all over again. As an experiment, I opened 14 tabs:14 websites open simultaneously. Google Chrome handled it ok, if not well. Navigating in one site whilst 13 were 'on' seemed to make operating a little chunky. Usually I might want maybe 3 or 4 open at same time, so its not an issue. Plus Google Chrome seems to open bookmarks faster. Transfer of data from old browser was smooth. Can still get into old browser by going to my programs. It always asks me, want to make this your default browser? NOT! So far, the results speak for themselves. Chris in Edmonton-still snowshoeing here..

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