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Unlike other modern web browsers, which can only run one process at a time, Google Chrome will give each tab its own process. This speeds up overall performance and saves the entire browser from crashing when one tab causes problems.
The multi-process design requires more memory allocation up front but less memory over time as users tend to multitask. It also prevents your computer from slowing down after you browse for an extended period of time and open/close lots of tabs.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:31 pm (utc) on Sep. 3, 2008]
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Look at the comic and see how much space is dedicated to talking about V8, process isolation and multi-threading. Good for reliable web browsing yes, but more importantly good for running web apps as separate instances of the browser.
If you were looking for a way to make web apps behave more like desktop apps, you'd come up with Chrome. On the page above they even say "if you can just ignore the browser we've done a good job".
Microsoft will be going *crazy* about this. They're still focused on competing with Firefox, a web browser that can act (a bit) like a web app VM. Chrome is a web app VM with a built-in web browser. It's the first step towards a Web OS.
As far as extensibility, did you notice it uses the Netscape plugin interface? (NSAPI)
[edited by: amznVibe at 2:58 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]
IMO this is good news and I hope they hurry because Firefox 3 is a disaster.
I love it and have found no problems using it. The zoom function is great.
I've been using FF for years but this last version was just too much for my machine. Maybe you have a faster machine or a lot more memory but FF3 could just bloated up like a Zeppelin every time I run it.
It runs fine on my ancient PC (AMD XP2000+ 1.7GHz, 1.25Gb RAM (recently upgraded from 512Kb), 80Gb HD etc). Perhaps you're still on Windows 98 or 2000? Or are you using Linux? Or have a bloated machine? FF3 is a dream on XP for me.
I agree with the previous poster, the old fox is on the way out vr3 is terrible
I hope not. I'd never say FF3 is a "disaster" or "terrible". Maybe I've been lucky with it.
I think it's a cheeky name, and very apt.
I knew it was only a matter of time before Google introduced a homegrown browser. It was the next logical step in interweb domination. The next step is for G to release their own flavour of Linux.
--I was merely taken aback at the delay in Mac availability, given the cartoon's repeated reference to Webkit inspiration... --
Despite Google's rather misleading statements about "Apple's Webkit", Webkit does not belong to Apple. Apple's Safari browser uses Webkit, but so does Nokia's S60 OSS browser and several others do too.
--Seriously, unless PC vendors start shipping it with new machines instead of IE it will just split the market with Firefox.--
Agreed, the only people who will know about this will be the kind of tech nerds who downloaded Firefox 3 the day it came out. Ordinary consumers will carry on using whatever browser was bundled with their PC (which for the vast majority will continue to be IE).
"Chrome" is developer lingo for the stuff around the edges of your browser.
The next step is for G to release their own flavour of Linux.
Thanks for them.
Where does chrome put Google in the race to get the best mobile platform - isn't that a bigger prize than the desktop at the moment?
Could this help the next generation of PCs become neater, niftier large screen 'mobile phones', without all that clutter?
[edited by: Quadrille at 4:58 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]