Chrome's Not All That Shiny

Lora Bentley

Google's new Chrome Web browser is getting a lot of press. (Not that anyone's surprised. It is Google, after all.) IT Business Edge VP Ken-Hardin is among those who are pretty impressed. When Safari for Windows debuted, he said "all Web browsers are essentially the same, with the important exception of security." Chrome is making him take that statement back.


Not that Chrome doesn't have its problems, of course. What beta release doesn't? (For instance, there's the news that the new browser is subject to a carpet-bomb flaw.) But Ken particularly likes the fact that Chrome allows him to search his own browsing history. He notes:

I am frustratingly in love ...with Chrome's ability to search a complete index of pages I've visited, not just the meta page headers and URLs. Literally, this feature would have saved me 15 minutes and a bunch of under-the-breath cursing just yesterday.


It's the best thing since bookmarks, even with the understandable privacy concerns that surface any time a piece of software collects a lot of data about user behavior...

But there's also the plethora of bloggers who have tried it out only to find it wanting. Profy.com's Svetlana Gladkova says she managed to completely crash it in a matter of hours. ZDNet's Larry Dignan admits it's "snazzy," but he won't be switching to Chrome as a primary browser any time soon. He says it can't handle the streaming market data he watches and the Sirius radio he listens to on a daily basis. (To Chrome's credit, it did handle the conference calls Dignan tried.)


What's more, that's not even counting the disappointed open sourcers. CNET blogger Matt Asay says Google needs a community before Chrome can be an IE killer, and it doesn't have one. And the 451 Group's Jay Lyman finds it incredible a browser that is built on open source doesn't run on Linux.


The good news is, it's an early release. Maybe the next iteration will be an improvement.

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Sep 4, 2008 8:38 AM Susan Hall Susan Hall  says:
Thanks for pointing out the error, Jonathan!I've fixed it. Reply
Sep 4, 2008 4:03 PM Jonathan Barel Jonathan Barel  says:
What's more, the code for the linux version IS available, but it doesn't actually build into anything anyone can use, so users can't even help test the product.btw, minor correction:"CNET Newsneeds a community blogger Matt Asay says Google before Chrome can be an IE killer"should have beenCNET News blogger Matt Asay says Google needs a community..." Reply
Sep 4, 2008 4:33 PM Searcjh green Searcjh green  says:
Google Chrome and Google based search engine www.treehoo.com are a perfect combination if you want to save the planet while surfing... Reply
Sep 5, 2008 9:56 AM George Toms George Toms  says:
Google Chrome is really fast!Now I can sort 200,000 records inside of Browser (Chrome) just in 1 sec. (Faster than Microsoft Excel):http://www.ardentedge.com/ex_if.htm Reply
Sep 8, 2008 11:05 AM Hari Nair Hari Nair  says:
Google Chrome is really fastIt will improve in the next fews monhs time. Let us hope for it Reply

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