First Impressions of Google Chrome
Google Chrome was released last week and got as much attention as you would expect it would. A Google browser was inevitable. I'd like to share a few scattered thoughts on Google's browser effort and gain a little feedback from you. I'll let 'em rip:
- Although I knew the day would eventually come, Google's announcement completely caught me off guard. I hadn't heard anything about Chrome until the day before its launch. Google's announcement created a huge boom.
- Their presentation, which you may view here, did a great job of highlighting the browser's features.
- I was shocked to find that Yahoo! (at least in my copy of Chrome) was set as the default search engine. I would think that it would be a no-brainer to set Google as the default.
- Chrome gives new hope to those looking for IE to die. Even people who don't know how to upgrade their IE6 browser use Google -- maybe they'll stumble upon Chrome?
- "Incognito" window? I wish they'd just come out and call it "Porn" window. I mean, seriously.
- The browser is definitely faster than most others. I'll probably use this now instead of Safari (both Webkit-based).
- I love the "most visited" starting page. Fast loading and gets me where I frequently go.
- Is it just me, or does the browser seem too simple?
- If Google decides to add compatibility for Firefox's plugins, I'd consider switching for development purposes....
- ...but until then, I'm reliant on my Firefox plugins for programming efficiency.
- What effect will that have on Safari and Opera's market share?
- Do you think Google will ever put ads into the browser itself?
- Is it just me, or did Mozilla/Firefox employees and fanboys get defensive really quickly?
Overall, I think this browser is great for a non-developer. It doesn't have the debug tools developers rely on but those will come eventually.
What are your thoughts? I'm excited to hear them!