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There are conflicting opinions on Chrome.

Whatever your opinions, this is release major.  It’s a game changer.   

Based on my initial impressions, I really like this browser.  It’s just the kind of next-generation thinking that’s needed in the browser space.  

I don’t care about all the all plug-ins that aren’t available, because I don’t use them.  And Chrome gives me enough toys that it more than makes up for the loss of a few plug-ins.

Walt Mossberg gave it a decent review, but sited a few things he didn’t like:

My verdict: Chrome is a smart, innovative browser that, in many common scenarios, will make using the Web faster, easier and less frustrating. But this first version — which is just a beta, or test, release — is rough around the edges and lacks some common browser features Google plans to add later. These omissions include a way to manage bookmarks, a command for emailing links and pages directly from the browser, and even a progress bar to show how much of a Web page has loaded.

Whatever. I don’t use bookmarks (believe it or not).  A command for emailing links and pages directly from the browser?  Again, this is a non-issue for me. How about simply CTRL-D to select the URI, then CTRL–C to copy it, then ALT-TAB to get to your email program?  Seems pretty easy and fast to me.  And a progress bar?  Again, who cares.  Chrome is so dammed fast I don’t really need one anyway. 

As far as speed, Mossberg’s results, which showed that it wasn’t faster than Firefox, are directly contradicted by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes’ more scientific method of testing, which indicate that Chrome is blisteringly fast. 

I haven’t run any benchmarks, but this thing really does smoke.  Yes, it’s fast, but it’s also the user experience.  You may not get a page immediately but you feel that it’s faster based on the browser presentation.

Matt Cutts at Google also has a nice roundup of common Google Chrome objections.

And yes, there is a new security issue (carpet bombing) but I’m certain Google will patch this very quickly. 

Alex Eckelberry

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