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First Look: Google Chrome

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mrpetchey
mrpetchey

invent my fling car first gee been told we have it in 2000

wgiles
wgiles

Thanks for all the screengrabs and especially checking the CPU usage. It's great that you do these trial installs so we all don't have to do it ourselves.

melekali
melekali

...you read the EULA. To quote: "EULA Clause 11.1: You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content, you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services."

jim2350
jim2350

I might quibble with your observation "Naturally by default Chrome defaults to Google as its default search page". I found that when I installed Chrome, the default search engine that showed up in this box for me was IMDB, which was the last search engine I had used in FireFox. Like most FF users, I have customized my search bar to include IMDB as well as various other engines (Google, Ask, Food Network, etc.) It is one of FF's strong suits - customization through add-ons. However having said that, you cannot dismiss the eye-popping speed of Chrome! I went to pages in my current bookmarks that I know slow down both FF and IE. Chrome rendered them perfectly and very quickly. I also like the handling of the tabs and the sandboxing abilities of Chrome. One bad tab should not take down the whole browser (in theory anyways!). My initial impressions are very favorable given it is a week-old Beta. It's got some way to go to catch up with 15-20 year old mature technologies like Mozilla and IE. It's an open-source project so add-ons will be a natural evolution. Given the recent security questions raised about Chrome (carpet-bombing and DoS), it will be a test for Google to see if they can respond as quickly as Mozilla. Mozilla's strong suit has always been its quick response to security issues and the number one reason I have been a fan of FF since 1.3! I still remain a bit uncomfortable after all these years with the monthly Tuesday update approach by MS.

arjanh
arjanh

Hmmm, tried to download Chrome on my Linux box, no Linux version, yet. Apparently, it's Windows-only, for the time being. OK, I've got wine and the Crossover plugin, so I started IE6, and tried again. Now it's XP/Vista-only! What's this OS-fixation? Even with Linux I can download IE7 from Microsoft! Never thought I had to resort to the sneaker-net to get some Google stuff on my machine..... Bad!

david.moss
david.moss

Chrome loaded and ran one of our corporate apps in 8 seconds as opposed to over 50 seconds in IE. That alone makes it a winner in my book.

arafique
arafique

Looked nice, loaded up faster then IE or Firefox and ran a complex javascript page perfectly. However after trying to find a way to switch off the features I did not want and load a HTML file direct from my PC (i.e. switch on features I did want) I decided to go back to firefox. Yes, its simple and for Joe Blogss who only surfs and not much else, not bad with a different start up interface. But for Joe Bloggs who knows a little more about what they want, not so good. Once I find the hidden menu button, it may be wonderful.

uoybikay
uoybikay

better late than never? too late for google. dont make the web more entanglee.

itengineer
itengineer

I will try Google Chrome its easy, light weight software, cool layout but major issue is compatibility when i try to sign in windows live etc the compatibility issue rise. Google takes some time to fix it but i must say its our feature web browser. Good luck Google Tauseef Hashmi ITP SRDC-L

mark
mark

It looks good and open pages very fast on my XP Pro computer. I also loaded it on my laptop with Vista Home Premium, it will not open at all, crashes every time

afarinacci
afarinacci

Yawn. Yawn and more yawn. Arrogant and pretentious like everything Google

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

Google has been rumored for years to be working on a new operating system or its own web browser. Finally, Google has gotten into the Web browser game with Chrome. Between Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, there are already lots of Web browsers in the market. Chrome adds some nifty new features such as tear-off tabs, private browsing, and DNS pre-caching. But will it be enough to make a dent in the market? Is it enough to have the Google brand attached? For more information about some of the new features in Chrome, check out Jason Hiner's take in Tech Sanity check: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=830 What do you think about Chrome? Will you give it a look and maybe switch from IE or Firefox?

markm
markm

through a quick change to the TOS. And the old language was an innocent mistake. (Cites abound in the blogosphere over the last 48 hours.) Google conspiracy theorists: puh-leez!

dave.amorde
dave.amorde

Thx Jim for the most reasonable comments yet on the subject. Anyone with an ounce of foresight and some testicular fortitude can the opportunties that this browser opens up. And yes, we need a new browser like we all need a collective hole in the head, but at least Google has the muscle to give Microsoft a serious kick in the pants. Even if I am forced to stick with IE for my general browsing needs, Chrome has the potential to become THE starting block for intraweb custom apps. While the tabs in a separate process are nice, it's the flat out speed that can ultimately make this a legitimate application platform. I would LOVE to see Google add a native XAML rendering engine; now that would really get Redmond pissed...

markm
markm

I too adore FF, esp. v3, but its add-ons, vital though they are to my work, induce wicked bloat. Google Apps scream on Chrome.

chris.j.ireland
chris.j.ireland

A friend decided to read the terms and conditions before he pressed the 'accept' button and was stunned to see clause 11 which aparently said in plain english that any information passing through the Chrome browser becomes the property of Google. You retain the copyright but that's not much good if you have signed away the right to Google to use it in any way they see fit. If this is true, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt my friend, I predict we'll be seeing Google in the courtrooms fairly soon. I'd love to be wrong, but somehow it seems like it fits with Google's avowed intention of gobbling up all of the data that the world has to offer.

regcor
regcor

I liked the sound of it, installed it and read the EULA and promptly uninstalled it. I like to keep my privacy as much as possible but the EULA doesn't allow any privacy. Rego27 Down Under

lzdwren
lzdwren

You like Google Chrome, I like Google Chrome. I hate Vista, Because of these silly little invisible issues that will bite you in the behind!

lzdwren
lzdwren

Please take a look at some other better hardware software combinations besides Vista and the crashes will go away. I am staying away from Vista until there are no more Apple Macs available.

Andrew Houghton
Andrew Houghton

I loaded Chrome under Vista Enterprise and had no issues other than the standard UAC popups. I was a little disappointed that the bookmark facility was not integrated with Google bookmarks or delicious. Chrome does show you your recent Google bookmarks so when I'm in Firefox and bookmark a page using the Google bookmark toolbar it appears in Chrome. But remember, its BETA and Google's intention for releasing it was to open a discussion on what a future browser should look like and accomplish in the increasing world of Web application.

damaged.man
damaged.man

Smooth, slick look, easier to import your stuff from IE and Firefox. Arrogant - what rubbish you speak. That sounds like an old man with an IBM talking about young whipper- snappers. I have to say John, I'm pleased you aren't my IT support person. Close minded, unable to be moved forward. Smacks of elderly and infirm. Also the humorous little "certainly not from Google". You mean the company that made searching easy, that puts our documents online, that gave you the first limitless email for free with 5 ads per email. Perhaps you could show us two or three of your own developments over the past few years OLD mate.

kwyrick
kwyrick

I completely disagree. The task manager alone makes it worth while. Also, it's only in beta. There will be a stable release, unlike most of the micro$oft products.

Sundaram Ramanujam
Sundaram Ramanujam

With Microsoft site I can't install any software using Chrome. It is not accepting the Chrome as a browser and throw an error message that your browser is old or etc., Try upgrade / use IE. I really don't know when Microsoft will really agree the other browsers to work.

sean.s008
sean.s008

I have tried google chrome, its very handy to use.

anukuls
anukuls

Yes, you read that right. There are still many people who are using Windows 2000 Professional, but Chrome is not compatible with it. It only works with XP & Vista. Even Mac is not on the list, although we know that Google is preparing a release for Mac too. Cheers! T3c-n0-cr@t: The Blog-e-zine http://coolonline.wordpress.com

bikingbill
bikingbill

I don't see why we need another browser. My concern might be that they plan to tweak Google Apps to run better in Chrome. That would both 'break' the portability of Google Apps, and make them look ever more like Microsoft.

skyeenter
skyeenter

Sometimes, god makes it apparent that you're not suppose to be using/doing something for a reason. Download went well, but upon the run app was met with some type of incompatibility issue. Going to Google help index, found Chrome. First topic, conflicts with Zone Alarm. Shut down ZA and try again. Same conflict. Hey, for something as inconsequential as another browser I don't need to waste time *ucking around with Chrome just to get a feel for the thing. I'm perfectly fine with FF3, Then, those judicious posters who came up with the clause 11 language, made me pleased that the incompatibility issue popped up. No thanks to a company with that mentality. Thanks you digital gods for this stoppage.

john3347
john3347

With tabbed browsing disabled and the third party add-on IE7 Pro installed on IE7, I find no need for a new browser ........ certainly nothing that comes from Google!!!

wanttocancel
wanttocancel

I don't have any plans to download Chrome and I'm really not interested in a new Google release. With a Vista/Ubuntu dual boot currently using IE Beta 2 and Firefox 3 that's plenty for me.

nkozi
nkozi

Some nice features, which I am sure will be in the next releases of IE and FF as well, but mostly same old same old. Biggest problem: Not even compatible with other Google stuff - it creates havoc with Gmail. Yawn. My IE still does what I want it to.

bsauer
bsauer

Google has a legal team that is responsible for the content of it's EULAs. That particular example would not have gotten past them if it wasn't intended to be written as it was. It has been a well known fact for a long time that Google wants rights to anything that passes through it's services. This is something that has been at their core corporate goals and something they have worked toward for many years. Anyone who signs on to any of Googles services is taking a risk that their habits and information are being stored. So stop trying to make it look like Google is innocent of these allegations. Their goal is to store anything that they can get their hands on.

mrAverage
mrAverage

Voice sampling for new product. But it is free? You will be ASSIMILATED!!!!!!! Sorry, but due to the Google legal doo-doo I prefer to have Google free machine and block all I can. Windows, Linux, Apple, etc, etc. all are fine and a choice is nice. BUT...... ONE GOOGLE, UNDER GOOGLE,..... If I say it 3 time in a dark dank cave will I be eaten or worse yet tansformed into a GOOGLY-DRONE?

dave.amorde
dave.amorde

The man was simply stating his results. Definately some sensitive folks around here. I didn't realize the most important issue was Microsoft and Google competing to become everyone's favorite whipping boy.

jamespippin86
jamespippin86

Keep in mind it is beta but found out very quick that if you have symantec endpoint protection UNMANAGED CLIENT it will crash and you will get the AWWW SNAP ERROR. If you dont have that couldn't tell you why it crashes.

mckinnej
mckinnej

Paa-leeezzz! If an internal developer tool run amok is your favorite part, then you're really missing the point. Is it even really necessary? If it is, where's the task manager for Notepad? As for the comment about it being beta, well, saying "beta" and "Google" in the same sentence is pretty redundant now isn't it? This thing will likely remain in beta for the remainder of this epoch, like everything else Google builds. While I'm sure it's going to pull in some users, they don't need to worry about me until they get a solid library of extensions. But alas, I suspect functionality like Adblock will never see the light of day. Honestly, I wouldn't expect any company to release something that cuts into their primary revenue stream. And then there's that Google Update thing. I believe I'll wait until someone forks it and trims it down some.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I don't have any problem with MS web sites using FF 3.

Yinkx
Yinkx

Shouldn't Google Chrome have Google toolbar incorporated so that users can get to their Google Toolbar???? Or am I missing something??

lzdwren
lzdwren

Chrome is easier and FASTER. Have you seen all the articles on the net about speeding up IE? You are stuck on an OLD browser that you feel is acceptable to you. Fine but do not tell me IE is better because you are the one stuck with it.

Sydesh
Sydesh

thanks for the heads up

RipVan
RipVan

No, I don't have them, I checked the screenshots looking for the results. Where are they????

markm
markm

since the controversial--heck, I'll go further to establish my independent bona fides: misguided, worrisome, dangerous-- clause lasted a whopping 36 hours past the beta launch. Doubt the Goog will be able to do too much of the Big Brother stuff with such a small slice o' data ;)

markm
markm

Two words: "open" and "source." G may never port (using that word loosely here) Adblock to Chrome, but somebody will. I'll even bet it'll take less than a week...

kroocheefkc135r
kroocheefkc135r

What about the other features from the toolbar? like access to G-mail, Blogger, and Picasa?

Yinkx
Yinkx

I know about getting chrome to automatically search but what about my "portable" google bookmark. I can't live without that as I travel so much....

clehofer
clehofer

Just in case you haven't read it yet. Google has incorporated their Google search (the Google toolbar) into the address bar of the Chrome browser. They did this inorder to streamline the browser, so you have the ability to search and be directed to a website by simply using the same address text box. It makes it a lot easier only having one place to type everything

gshindledecker
gshindledecker

I believe you can type your search right in the "Address bar". Works for me!

lzdwren
lzdwren

Have you seen any other security problems with any other browser besides IE? IE is so slow when you start it up to the point that waiting a few minutes for getting to the WebPage you want, you can start ANY other browser after this point and see the page you want before IE gets ready to view!

hammtech
hammtech

I don't see the point of multiple browser's either. IE has allways worked for me and my clients and I never bought into the whole "IE is slow" thing. On my workstation Firefox opens pages noticably slower than they do with IE7. I've seen IE7 run slow, but usually because it has been poluted with 3rd party plug ins. I do use firefox on my Linux machines, and it does the job. Do we need multiple browser choices for Windows? I guess it is good to have a choice, but if it works why replace it? My biggest concern is Windows Updates. Do they work with Chrome, or do you have to jump through hoops to get your security updates?