Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Google Chrome - Is it any different?

Do you know what is the happening news in Technology this week? It is Google Chrome.C'mon it is GOOGLE's Product! Anything from Google is a news. Google decided to launch a new web browser to compete with Firefox and Microsoft IE. Wow! It is big! Yes. If it isn't for google, Chrome wouldn't have had 1% browser share in the first day! When I heard this news, as every curious individual would do, I downloaded Chrome to check if suits me. Read reviews to support my ideas. But most of them were highly technical which lead me to test myself and come out with something a lay man would understand and help him decide if chrome is the best for him.

Why Google started Chrome? - The obvious question.

May be they were bored creating only applications and wanted to risk it all! But when you ask Google this question, they say

"Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web"
Of course Google deserves a huge applause for trying out browsers. Check out the video in which Google teams speaks about Chrome.

Is Google Chrome really the most wanted browser or is it just a hype?

For this you must know the technical background than just the look and feel of this browser.

The Pros:

- It is most appreciated that chrome uses Javascript engine to power the next generation of web applications

- It uses Isolated Tab Process. What is this anyway? Most of us would have faced this problem. When opening a lot of tabs in a browser increases the memory usage and also if one tab crashes the entire browser crashes and we need to restart to continue working. However, Google's thoughtful process saves us from this highly irritating crashes. According to Chrome, if one tab crashes, only that tab crashes. You still can work with the others. This feature alone makes me love google more!

- Easy Installation Process: I downloaded chrome and there is no complications at all. This is one browser which can be downloaded at ease and you do not require any technical knowledge to download.

-Less CPU usage : I checked with my task manager and I am really impressed with the CPU usage that chrome requires. Unlike other browsers which increases the CPU usage when more Tabs are opened, Chrome uses less space which should be given credit for.

-Fast : Compared to other browsers it is fast. But the tech gurus says that it needs to be even more faster. But for me, I am OK with the speed chrome is giving now.

- The combined search box and the URL box is really catchy. You can type your searches and the URL bar comes up with related sites and makes the browsing easy.

- When you open a new tab, chrome comes up with your recent viewed websites, in a size bigger than thumbnail to make it easy for you to visit your regular sites. Though it is a good feature, sometimes it does intimidate you. But, who can say a 'No' to visit your favourite sites just with 1 click.

-Chrome uses a platform to run the browser which minimises the need of OS. This is really a good start. We are not far away from OS free system!

The Cons - These are my personal problems with chrome and most of them are functional. But if you want to know more technically about Chrome, just check out the tech guru's review about Google Chrome.

- Unlike other browsers, when you close the browser, it doesn't ask if it can close all the tabs. Sometimes I lose my work because of this.

-Bookmark facilities: May be because I am so used to IE and FireFox bookmarking facilities, I am not happy with Chrome's. More importance is given to Google Bookmark (So Obvious!) but what happens to the previously bookmarked sites with other applications?

-Find feature: The CTRL+F is not very efficient as in other browsers. Sometimes it misses to find!

-Security: More personal information is stored in chrome which might be a security problem.

There are more problems that were found and workaround are already provided. Just check out Google's help page.

A Must Do Activity:

I would suggest you to read this comic book released by Google explaining Chrome and its features.

Why should you download Chrome?

You need not. It is completely optional. But, if you really want to know what Google has come up with, I would say give it a try after all, it is free!

It is really difficult for Google to make people download chrome and use them. Most of the people are already comfortable using IE and FireFox and it would take a great deal for them to change to something new. Google needs to put forth more easy and luring features to make people believe that Chrome is the best!

Will Google achieve this?
Will Chrome survive the Browser world?

I do not know!
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I would say I may try chrome and chk if it suits me.Fingers crossed!

Kumar Angamuthupillaisaid...

Nice Article...Keep it up.

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