I’ve just downloaded Google Chrome to my PC laptop — my primary at work is an iMac — so I’ve not had a chance yet to evaluate. But Wall Street Journal tech guru has had a full week (!) to test Chrome, and he’s offering his impressions here:
My verdict: Chrome is a smart, innovative browser that, in many common scenarios, will make using the Web faster, easier and less frustrating. But this first version—which is just a beta, or test, release—is rough around the edges and lacks some common browser features Google plans to add later. These omissions include a way to manage bookmarks, a command for emailing links and pages directly from the browser, and even a progress bar to show how much of a Web page has loaded.
Mossberg also looks at the beta for Internet Explorer 8, declaring it “he best edition of Internet Explorer in years,” which for some cynics might not be saying much. But he adds that both Chrome and IE 8 are better than Apple’s Safari.
Mossberg also offers more insight into why he thinks Google is getting into the browser wars, some of which I noted yesterday:
First, the search giant fears that because its search engine and other major products depend on the browser, Microsoft—with its rival online products—might be able to gain an advantage by altering the design of IE, which has roughly a 75% market share.
That move might one day make Chrome a sort of online operating system that competes with Windows. “Think of Chrome as more than a simple Web browser,” Google declares. “It’s a platform for running Web applications.”
Meanwhile, CNet News checks Chrome’s fine print, and wonders about how advertising could be integrated in the browser, not to mention privacy concerns.
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