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Chrome has a convert, caveats notwithstanding

Google's Chrome browser as the Internet buzzing. The highlights include separate processes for each tab, Javascript code optimizations, and an open architecture that should allow developers to write much more secure web applications.

The 'net was abuzz with Chrome talk starting first thing in the morning. The guys at Google put out an online comic book explaining the changes they made to the browser, and if you are interested in the technical details, it is a very good read even for the casual geek. The highlights include separate processes for each tab, Javascript code optimizations, and an open architecture that should allow developers to write much more secure Web applications.

Google Chrome Comic book (Google)

There was plenty of talk about the missing Google Toolbar, and it is more than a little surprising that they didn't write one as part of the Chrome development process. There is also no current support for third-party plug-ins, but if developers write to the Chrome specifications, it could make for a far more secure environment. The latest addition to the open source community is a massive shot across the bow of various rivals and could open the door to desktop virtualization from Google.

Needed for Chrome: The Google Toolbar (Technologizer)

Google Chrome: A First Look (Real Tech News)

First Look: Is Google's Chrome a Glimpse of the Future? (Computerworld)

I was thrilled to hear about Google's new Chrome browser; I have long been a fan of the things that they are doing in the cloud. My experience today was marred only by the lack of a Google Toolbar to fully Chrome out my surfing experience. However, I did find a work-around while I was playing with Firefox and Chrome side by side. You can drag tabs from Firefox to Chrome, so I am using Firefox for the toolbar and Chrome for the surfing. I have thought that the next area of research and development should be desktop virtualization for quite some time, and this project could be a positive step in that direction. Only good things could come out of Google competing with Microsoft in the desktop space. What do you think about Google's latest move?

23 comments
slapdog3xs
slapdog3xs

I can't get flash to play on chrome

GSG
GSG

OK, I know that this is probably a great thing, but the apps that I run are built specifically for IE. And as far as the google toolbar goes, I hate that thing with a passion. It's a nuisance, and interferes with my applications. It's good even if it's just to inject a little more competition into the marketplace, but I won't be using it any time soon.

Jack-M
Jack-M

If there's anything wrong with Chrome it must be the operator. After 30yrs. in the IT biz this is a breakthrough and like most genius ideas it's so simple it's the "ice cream kid" hitting himself in the forehwad with his cone. It's a browser stripped of all the extraneous BS that slows down and screws up good web sites. It's nothing more than type in the address you want (ENTER) and viola. If I'm ranting it's cuz I'm excited about something actually NEW on the market.--Jack M.

Jack-M
Jack-M

If there's anything wrong with Chrome it must be the operator. After 30yrs. in the IT biz this is a breakthrough and like most genius ideas it's so simple it's the "ice cream kid" hitting himself in the forehwad with his cone. It's a browser stripped of all the extraneous BS that slows down and screws up good web sites. It's nothing more than type in the address you want (ENTER) and viola. If I'm ranting it's cuz I'm excited about something actually NEW on the market.--Jack M.

the_integrator
the_integrator

Great product, fast, looks more secure (apart from the old Apple WebKit bug) and then they blow it with the licence agreement which gives Google the right to publish anything you view or upload to anyone and any business. I'm not browsing my bank accounts with it :-)

Andy J. Moon
Andy J. Moon

I think it is a serious wake-up call for Microsoft. Google is starting to show that they will not be content as the king of advertising, they are going to move into other markets. Some of the things coming out of Google Labs are really nice, I have GOOG-411 in my phone so I never have to pay for a phone number. The only thing that gets me is the lack of a Google Toolbar, but I can work around that for the memory savings. What do you think of Chrome?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

You know, I must be the only one in western civilization to have not downloaded Google Toolbar or Google Desktop. As far as I can tell, Toolbar doesn't do anything FF doesn't already do; maybe it's suitable for IE 6 users. As for Desktop, I haven't seen a widget yet that I consider worth the real estate it requires, and consider desktop search a tool for those who never learned file management. Besides, I usually have so many applications tiles I rarely see the desktop anyway. But as I said, I've never loaded either one. Somebody tell me if I'm missing something. Actually, as I look at the list on their products page, there isn't a single one I use. I do love their search engine though.

boomchuck1
boomchuck1

I installed this yesterday and couldn't get it to work. I get a failure to initialize error when I start it. Very strange.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

While it has some cool stuff (like the blank tab having the frequently visited sites), it's just not as a rich as FF

johns
johns

Have you received the "Snap! Application failed" screen from chrome yet? It also locked up while watching a you tube chrome demo video. "plug in froze shockwave" and this didn't just freeze the one tab, everything stopped. chrome does have a nice "kill application?" pop up. but if it actually worked you wouldn't need that.

---TK---
---TK---

I went through the so-called settings or lack there of... Not even close to the options you get with Firefox... Not to mention the GoogleUpdater that runs in the background... Just wondering, why does a web browser need that running in the background, when you aren't even surfing the net....? I think someone is trying to be sneaky... I'm going to keep a watchful eye on it, and try all their new releases....

jay.garcia.08
jay.garcia.08

IMHO, it will really make heads turn (namely, Microsoft's and Mozilla's). I've tested using it for only 2 hours and the experience was that damn good. I just do hope that they release plugins for it; it will be a lot nicer if you can customize this to your needs (i.e. Firefox)

seanferd
seanferd

Crapware. I don't install Google stuff, don't like it bundled with other stuff. Don't do anyone's toolbars or other webbity apps. I am such a curmudgeon.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Add me to that list of the few, the proud, the less trendy! I had the Yahoo toolbar on one system for about 3 days. I never installed the Google toolbar, and I dislike working on IE/FF problems when they are installed. More than 1/3 of the time, disabling them Corrects the problem! Then the 'more trendy' ones just re-install it and complain again ~sigh~

GSG
GSG

I don't need Google desktop. I have a desktop, thank you very much, and who needs to voluntarily install a "toolbar" that is nothing but a glorified virus/spyware. If I wanted spyware, I'd uninstall spybot instead of actively installing it from google. Just today, I had 2 remote desktops open, was damewared into 4 servers, had 4 interface engines up and running, Outlook was open, 2 sessions of PUTtY were running, and I had 3 web apps running at the same time. The last thing I need is some useless app running sucking up my my resources.

seanferd
seanferd

It is susceptible to the Safari carpet bombing as it was built on WebKit. Will also crash on a combined attack against two other vulnerabilities. Well, it ain't even a beta yet, possibly not even a real alpha.

Gravitywell
Gravitywell

Yeah, being retired and on dialup; not even an IT, I can't afford any stuff that rides piggyback on questionable fluff! That makes me even curmudgeonner than you if you are one. I depend on TechRepublic for help in a lot of issues. Thanks for the posts- I love to read 'em!

tkeller
tkeller

Looked at both of them on other peoples systems. Wasn't impressed.

seanferd
seanferd

Even when software has been out of beta for years, there is always something weird that will happen.

tkeller
tkeller

After a couple of hours surfing, with nothing else open but an explorer window and an image viewer, I did get a windows alert that Explorer had a fault and needed to shut down. Then DrWatson had a fault and needed to shut down. After several minutes of being semi-locked up, I ctrl-alt-delele'd and forced a shutdown of the explorer window. I've never had that happen before. Kind of suspicious that Chrome may have been involved in that in some way.