Google Chrome Is Here To Stay

Recently, Google Chrome was a lot on the news, with Google announcing plans to release a desktop operating system. They say it’s going to compete with Windows. What is so good about Chrome?

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Google Chrome Is Here To Stay

I have been using Google Chrome web browser for a number of months, ever since my pc at home started to crush under IE and Firefox. Personally, I am a Firefox addict, and I still think that it’s the best browser. I don’t think I could live without my favourite extensions that make my life as a webhosting manager so much easier. But that’s another story. Let’s get back to Google Chrome.

So, I decided to install this new browser and try it out, as at the time, everybody was talking about it. With the absence of the alternative, surprisingly, it started to grow on me. Now, it’s my primary web browser at home. Here is what I like about it:

1. It is very fast to start. When I boot up Windows on my slow PC, I can slick on the Chrome icon while the hard drive is still crackling. Chrome start right up and immediately lets me browse the web. It’s a good feeling, especially when you just need to get something quickly of the net.

2. I like the absence of the search bar. Chrome has one large URL input window, across the whole screen. Chrome is Google, so, if you type a URL, it will take you to that web site. If you type anything else, it will search Google for that key phrase. There are thousands of websites that are targeting web sites’ URLs as keywords. For example, if you type hotmail.com in Google or Bing search bar, the results will contain hundreds of web sites who pretend to be the “hotmail.com” or tell you something you don’t know about that website. I’ve seen many people who use Google search bar instead of address bar to type in the URL of the web site they want to visit. Chrome will minimise this behaviour and make surfing the web a little more pleasant.

3. Recently, Google Chrome was a lot on the news, with Google announcing plans to release Google Chrome OS – a desktop operating system. They say it’s going to compete with Windows. I think Google understands their business more than any other company. Operating system is all about accessing your files or your digital property, be it on your computer or online. Focussing just on your computer is actually a very annoying and dangerous path for data storage. I would rather have my files somewhere online and have a light-weight technology-wise device to access all this data. Have you seen Google Docs or Google Sites? If you haven’t, it’s time to check it out. There is nothing you can’t do online, and as far as I can see, I don’t need a heavy expensive operating system and the risk of keeping my data at home. The idea of the new generation operating system already has me as a customer.

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The review "Google Chrome Is Here To Stay" was last updated on 09/08/2009.