First Thoughts on Chrome

If you haven’t heard by now, Google has come out with their own web browser named Chrome. It launched today in beta and I have been using it through the afternoon, with good results. Here are a few random thoughts on the product:

  1. One of the great tests of any new browser is whether it has problems rendering pages created for Internet Explorer and/or Firefox. So far I have not run into any rendering errors, which is more than I can say for the beta version of Internet Explorer 8. I received a twitter message today saying that it appears that one is limited to twenty tabs at the same time, but frankly, anyone with more than twenty tabs open at the same time probably needs to be checked.
  2. One of the features they touted was a rewritten Javascript renderer, which would speed up the browser. So far I have found the browser to be very zippy in rendering, suggesting that it is working.
  3. I miss the extensions I use in Firefox, but in some ways the simplicity of the interface is nice. There isn’t much to it, and that allows one to pay more attention to the page content than the browser itself.

I’m sure that more features are on the way, but all in all, I think it’s a good product.

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