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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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Silverlight is awful. I don't like being forced to download things that I shouldn't have to.
While I am not a fan myself (and have yet to see it used in the wild) I want my web browser to be able to handle whatever is out there - and that includes both Silverlight and Java content.
I observe that Google Chrome handles neither, regardless of where the fault lies.
The first time you click in the address bar, the whole thing is selected ala IE. It's my biggest pet peeve of Safari and FF.First click on FF selects everything... I was pretty sure it did it in all versions, but I can guarantee it does in version 3.
I never had any problems with FF3 really (except the quickfind bar buttons, but it's not hard to fix). I don't know why anyone says there's much bad about FF3... it has many improvements over FF2. I found FF2 to be a problem for me personally, so I just skipped it, and used 1.5 until 3 came along.
I might try Chrome later on, but for now I don't really see the point, since it doesn't have enough features/support.
However, I notice that it is displaying some pages of my sites differently (alignment is screwed up), while FF, IE6 and IE7 are fine. Hopefully this is browser issue...and not something that I have to check/fix on an on-going basis. Checking 3 browsers all the time is a headache enough.
That's why they call it Chrome: there hardly is any chrome.
They call it chrome because this puppy shines.
Probably the single best beta I've ever seen.
It's so fast the fat lady started singing for Opera and Firefox and IE might as well pack their bags and go home.
Is it missing some goodies? Yes.
Is it faster than a speeding browser and more compatible than most? Hell Yes.
I don't get easily impressed but all my programming pals agree that this is the single best improvement in browsers since Netscape was created.
Ya, it still has some bugs but for the most part, the thing is awesome. I just like how they've minimized everything and have really capitalized on vertical real estate and the whole omnibox concept. I like simple. This is simple.
Just the sheer fact that I can resize textareas is genius! I've always wanted more room in these textareas, now I have them!
RIP IE and Safari!
FF? Hmmm, maybe you can join forces and make some plugins for Google Chrome?
Some nice touches, but I don't see anything groundbreaking. I like the Opera-esque start page. But for me browser choice still comes down to which UI/feature set best fits with the way I work, and IMO there's little between Opera/Firefox (+Chrome when it's finished?) these days.
And even when scrolling to non-flash page parts, or minimizing the browser, or switching frames, the process continues to consume processor time, just a little less, but in FF doing the same has a great effect reducing processor consumption.
The result is that having opened several webpages with flash elements, although not even displaying, causes chrome to take huge processor time continuosly
Back to FF...
-ctrl+F is not searching inside textareas, so if yo want to search inside the gmail editing area, it doesn't work (FF do).
-Also, it seems that you can't disable the spelling corrector!
-And the final detail: on a listbox, if you click and hold to open the list and pull you finger on the selected option, Chrome is not working, you need to click again to select, so 2 clicks are required while on FF I was using 1.
All of this in less than an hour of usage.