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Old 11-25-2008, 05:43 AM
 
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When the Google Chrome browser was announced/leaked, I waited a few days to see the initial reviews. It was a mixed bag and I decided not to download.

Two months have now passed so I decided it was time to try it out. I am glad I did.

Overall, it is a great start. Everything loads quicker than Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer. (Rumor has it that the 2009 Firefox 3.1 will be just as fast.) The snappy performance is especially true for sites (like mine) that tend to use a lot of Javascript.

Another great feature was that Google Chrome automatically imported my top bar Firefox shortcut links and also all my hundreds of Firefox "favorites" which Chrome calls "Other bookmarks".

Because it is, afterall, "Google", it is handy that you can also use your "URL address" toolbar space as a "Google Search" field, doubling its use and saving vertical space.

Overall, I am very pleased with both functionality and design. Note that a lot of functions have been moved from the Firefox/IE top-of-page style to the upper-right "drop down" Chrome style.

I haven't used Google's Chrome enough for a detailed review, however, as expected one of the problems seems to be handling Microsoft's mess of incompatible embedded Windows Media Player codecs. When Firefox first came out, it also had to deal with Microsoft's non-standard multimedia coding. Clever programmers eventually found adequate work-arounds for Firefox and I am sure that they will do the same for Google Chrome.

Since I use a lot of embedded Windows Media on my newcityvegas.com site (web tv/radio link), I was a bit disappointed to see that Google's Chrome does not yet handle type="video/x-ms-wmv" well.

I sent a sample bug-report to Google Chrome developers using this test url:

Newcityvegas.com "video/x-ms-wmv" browser test - IE, Firefox, Chrome

BTW, Google Chrome seems to handle "non-Microsoft" media streams well - Flash and QuickTime, SWF, FLV, MP4, MOV, etc.

At only 1% browser marketshare compared to Firefox's over 20%, Google's Chrome browser has a long way to go to become a major threat to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. However, rumor has it that Google is making deals to get its new Chrome browser "pre-loaded" on new PCs from major manufacturers. That may have a major impact in the browser market.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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10 Features of Google Chrome

You can click to make this a full screen video for easier viewing.


Features of Google Chrome

BTW, another major annoyance of Chrome vs Firefox is when I tried to edit this post. Instead of inserting "pasted text" at the point of my last right-click, it places it at the end of this post.

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Old 11-25-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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I tried out Chrome for a few days but I had to uninstall it. According my Corporate IT Chrome has security holes and wanted it off all office machines! Which they would fix all bugs/holes, so I use in my office again!

Google Chrome otherwise was pretty nice. I was considering at full replacement for Firefox on windows. But, I think I will have to wait on that.

My one big complaint is that Chrome isn't out for Linux yet. I like to keep my bookmarks synced between all OSes I uses. Very easy to do if you use same browser on every OS!
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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One of my favorite features in the fast automatic "most visited" new tab preview links.

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Old 11-25-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: California
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I love Chrome. I love the remembered top visited sites, I love how fast it is, I love how easy it is to rearrange the tabs or to pull them out and make new windows.

I have noticed some problems it has with login boxes; I try logging in to Hulu and it sometimes won't let me. I'll enter my username and password and hit enter, and it just goes back to the empty boxes. I also miss my Google toolbar and Chrome doesn't recognize the shortcuts in my fckeditor - I have to enter the html, which is fine most of the time but a little annoying.

So I'm still using Firefox sometimes, but only to overcome the problems with Chrome.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:45 PM
 
Location: California
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CNET posted an article on Chrome vs. Firefox today; I agree with his "gripes" about it and why Firefox is sometimes better.

Why I switched from Firefox to Chrome | Webware - CNET
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:46 PM
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I tried out Chrome for a few days but I had to uninstall it. According my Corporate IT Chrome has security holes and wanted it off all office machines! Which they would fix all bugs/holes, so I use in my office again!

Google Chrome otherwise was pretty nice. I was considering at full replacement for Firefox on windows. But, I think I will have to wait on that.

My one big complaint is that Chrome isn't out for Linux yet. I like to keep my bookmarks synced between all OSes I uses. Very easy to do if you use same browser on every OS!
You didn't say which browser you're forced to use. If your corporate IT department has standardized on IE, you should laugh in their faces for forbidding a competing browser due to security holes.

Surely, Chrome is more secure than IE overall. That sounds like an excuse not to have to bother supporting it.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:25 AM
 
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You didn't say which browser you're forced to use. If your corporate IT department has standardized on IE, you should laugh in their faces for forbidding a competing browser due to security holes.

Surely, Chrome is more secure than IE overall. That sounds like an excuse not to have to bother supporting it.
Very likely, there isn' a browser that doesn't have security issues.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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I moved over to Chrome from Firefox the second day Chrome was out, partly because I liked the cleaner, lighter look and feel (I like a lot of white space), and partly because it ran much faster. (As ElleBebe's linked article says, "using Chrome removed a bit of friction from the Web I hadn't realized was there. It felt like discovering I'd been driving with the parking brake on just a bit.")

I use the "most visited sites" tab as homepage. And I like that the Favorites toolbar with the "Other Bookmarks" folder echoes the forced-tidiness of the MVS tab.

I love the paste and search capability, and the search tool generally - love the tiny "Tab" tool.

I appreciate the malware protection API - big red "Warning! This site may harm your computer!" - I understand Firefox has something similar.

Took me awhile to get used to the minimal adjustment options in the drop down controls - and also took awhile to get used to its location on the right side - but really have no complaints so far.
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