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Over on OStatic, Sam Dean has put Google’s open-source Chrome browser (available for Windows users), through the paces. Deeming it “clean and complete for a beta version,” Dean dishes up an in-depth review: As promised, Chrome is focused on web applications and is tricked out to […]

Over on OStatic, Sam Dean has put Google’s open-source Chrome browser (available for Windows users), through the paces. Deeming it “clean and complete for a beta version,” Dean dishes up an in-depth review:

  • As promised, Chrome is focused on web applications and is tricked out to handle them nicely. While it may not be ready to act as a complete OS just yet, it lets you create shortcuts for your favorite web apps and run them — even if Chrome is closed.
  • Like lots of Google products, Chrome is watching — and it tallies and collects the web sites you visit most often in the Most Visited page (tab). So far, its a useful tool, but it could also host some Google self-promotion.
  • Google is making a big deal of Chrome’s “one box for everything” approach. Google search box, address bar, toolbar — Chrome offers it all as one-stop shopping, without menus or multiple places to enter text.
  • For the tabbed browsing maniac or the cloud-computing convert, Chrome lets you work with many open tabs at once without crashing or causing rendering problems.
  • Chrome isn’t clearly a Firefox friend or foe, just yet. Google acknowledges that it’s borrowed heavily from Firefox’s code, and Chrome readily imports bookmarks and settings. That relationship could also mean extensions designed for Firefox can quickly migrate to the new browser.
  • Extensions could be a critical weakness. Google doesn’t have a great track record for bringing out the community to participate in its projects, and without the extensive plug-in catalog that Firefox has collected, Chrome won’t displace it.

Read more at Ostatic. Get a second opinion at Web Worker Daily.

  1. I’m curious about its future extensions too. I like Chrome well enough so far, but until it has an AdBlock+ equivalent, it will never be my main browser.

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  2. Well, I still think this is a landmark moment for Google and making Chrome their preferred platform for immersive content delivery is a smart play assuming they pursue it fervently.

    More thoughts & impressions here:

    http://zwadia.com/

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  3. [...] Extensions could be a critical weakness. Google doesn’t have a great track record for bringing out the community to participate in its projects, and without the extensive plug-in catalog that Firefox has collected, Chrome won’t displace it.[From Chrome: Nice, But Not a “Killer” Browser Just Yet - GigaOM] [...]

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  4. [...] of course there are still a few kinks to work [...]

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  5. Google hasn’t mentioned some shortcuts. I managed to stumble on one. If by accident you close a tab you can reopen it by pressing ctrl+shift+t . you can open the last set of tabs with this method

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  6. Google needs to support extensions, and soon. With a bit of a hack you can run some Greasemonkey scripts in Chrome. http://www.budboytech.com/home/2008/10/3/how-to-run-greasemonkey-scripts-in-chrome-sort-of.html

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  7. [...] I have checked it out occasionally by booting it up on Windows running via Parallels on my MacBook. Apparently, I am part of the median: Svetlana has been tracking the usage using Google Analytics, Clicky and Net Applications has seen a gradual decline in the usage. Gone is the download Chrome link from the Google home page. She points out that there are some fixes the browser needs and as a result Google might be quietly taking a step back. (Related Post: Why Chrome isn’t a killer browser just yet.) [...]

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  8. We started using chrome for testing out Free Digital Signage solution and seems to work great … better than IE and FF

    Free Digital Signage at http://www.MediaSignage.com

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  9. [...] write more about it later… but you can read what other people at GigaOm, TechCrunch, TheInq and Gizmodo are saying. Its all over the web and no kidding Google OS is really [...]

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