As of today, A beta version of Google’s open source browser can be downloaded from their website. And by the looks of it, it’s going to be awesome. Introducing Google’s Chrome.
So, do we really need another browser? Mozilla’s spokesman says it doesn’t see Chrome as a direct competitor and I must agree. It’s actually great that Google could built a browser from scratch. That way new ideas can be explored, shared and a better browser is the result of that. Check out this comic which explains Chrome’s innovating features.
Some of the coolest features in Chrome:
Today, most of what we use the web for on a day-to-day basis aren’t just web pages, they’re applications.
When we started this project, the gears guys were saying that one of the problems with browsers is that they’re inherently single-threaded.
I’m not going to say much about this topic as i’m not an expert in the field, but the browser supports multi-threading, meaning each tab has a seperate process. So if one crashes, the rest is not lost. Try typing about:% in the beta’s address bar and you’re in for a treat
Also when a tab is closed, memory is freed up so that other processes can occupy that space.
Advanced source view
As a webdeveloper, I find it handy that the source view has numbers on each line, and that every link actually becomes clickable. Although i’m not planning to use this browser as a development tool, it’s damn handy!
Task manager, for nerds
Yes, the browser itself has a task manager. It’s rather cool to see which tab is hogging all the memory, but it’s not a feature i’ll be using much. Still nice to have though.
Download manager & find
Just like Opera, the Chrome browser tries to open as little as possible windows to show the information you need. The download manager is opened at the bottom of the screen for each seperate tab, and the find box opens up above the webpage at the top. Everything has this smooth feel to it which makes me a happy surfer.
For those who want to show off at colleagues or friends, type in about:internets. I think this doesn’t work on Vista and mac though, not sure.
So basicly I love Google Chrome, as it’s a lightweight browser which is really fast. I’ll be using it for my daily browsing and i’m really looking forward to future releases.