Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Chrome

Google released its own web browser, named Chrome, yesterday, and many blog posts have already been dedicated to it.

I agree with Martin McKeay's judgement: "So what?" The browser seems to have some interesting ideas, but it does not warrant switching over it. I'm not sure if Google is trying to make a serious attempt at getting into the desktop browser market, or if they want to use the product to push the envelope of technology by demonstrating that certain enhancements are possible in production-quality code.

The fact that Chrome installs (and runs) on Windows without administrator privileges
is interesting though. Another thing that we have to remember is that
Google will probably package it with their bundle. Basically, anyone
downloading Picasa or Google Earth will probably end up with a copy on
their system. Even if they never use that, it is yet another source of
potentially insecure code.


We'll see; I haven't seen anything that would prompt me to go in
and switch my default browser to Chrome. I'll use it to see if a page
renders properly when I'm testing something, but I also do that with
IE, FF, Konqueror, Opera, Safari, etc.


I'm not entirely sure that Google's strategy is for this. I agree
with the observation made in Martin's podcast: this will probably take
away from Firefox's market share much more than it will take away from
IE (if any effect can be seen at all)



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