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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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A fresh take on the browser
At Google, we have a saying: "launch early and iterate." While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit "send" a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.
Is it now? Works great here. Firefox + Firebug + Web Developer = webmaster's dream browser.
I'm a webmaster too and it was a nightmare. 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.
Opera... ah... opera...
We even tried it on the new Vista laptop and it's looking snappier than MSIE.
Hurry up Google, we need on more option.
It's also going to fragment Firefox users, increasing Microsoft's lead because they will be gaining users faster from Firefox (people who are willing to try other browsers) than from the hardcore remaining MSIE users (people who are unwilling to try other browsers).
I'm disappointed that Google have stripped away the URL bar and provide only a search bar which accepts URLs. It is blurring navigation and search too much for me to be comfortable with it. When I want to search, I want to specifically request a search; not have it guess that my typo or malformed domain should be parsed by Google as a search string.
The other MS-centric is support of IE before other browsers (e.g. in Page Creator, some Toolbar functions...), even on Windows, but maybe that will be moot with Chrome;)
On the unknown side:
1. One more browser to test all our pages in (IE7/IE6/Firefox/Opera/Safari/Chrome)
On the downside:
1. I'd rather have seen them devote their time and money to the firefox core.
2. They can't claim privacy unless it blocks all Google IPs for ad tracking.
[edited by: tedster at 5:30 am (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]
If it remains a niche and/or targeted player , like Safari , then marketing sites through it is also a niche play.
To make significant headway it's going to need to demonstrate some real big advantages , not small ones - I'm excited to see what's up G's sleeve.
Microsoft REALLY needs to get rid of Ballmer and bring Gates back as full time chairman and CEO. Bump Ballmer back to president and COO.
Why isn't there an anti-trust investigation (outside of the Yahoo deal) on Google?
Oh I don't know... maybe Microsoft was actually evil? Google is a dominant player but they don't crush competitors in unethical manners or ram propriety formats or locked-in system down everyone's throat. People can browse the web just as easily without Google's (free) services, if they so choose. The fact that they are very popular, in the completly free world of the web, is evidence of their competence, not lack of choice.
I'm worried about privacy issues just as much as anyone else but to compare their actions to the unethical past of Microsoft is gross misrepresentation, and, to be honest, overly dramatic.