Google Chrome

I downloaded Chrome, Google's new web browser, today and gave it a short test drive. There's not much to say about it, but here's what I found:
  • No menu bar They've taken the application-ness out of the application, and turned it into a direct-to-web browsing experience. This change also leaves more screen real estate for the actual web sites to be viewed without scrolling.
  • Less clutter Not only is there no menu bar, but there's also no status bar, no search box, and with the exception of the start page, there's no favorites toolbar. It's a sleek, experience-centric design that reminds me of browsing on the iPhone.
  • One box In true Google fashion, everything can be done from one text input box: navigating, searching, opening a bookmark, etc.
  • Incognito browsing This is the first time I've seen such a straightforward way of surfing the web without leaving a trail. While most web browsers offer cleanup after the fact, Chrome's incognito window never creates a trail to begin with. I think this is something that most people want, but which might scare managers and parents who want to know what their employees or children are doing online. This may be the one controversial feature of Chrome.
  • Fast, attractive rendering Being built on top of Apple's WebKit browser framework, Chrome loads pages super-fast, and renders them beautifully.

After messing around in Chrome for a few minutes, my experience is basically positive. To a certain extent, I miss the extensibility of Firefox, but at the same time I'm tempted to prefer not having it, due to the incredible performance bloat that occurs once you install a bunch of add-ons. Still, I'd like to be able to hide ads the way Adblock lets me in Firefox. Still, it supports Flash, so apparently there is some extensibility in place already.

I think I'm going to spend the next week or so using Chrome as my main browser and get an idea of how I really feel about it.
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