So this week saw Google release its own browser, Chrome. But did they rush it and is it worthing downloading?
Tech aside, in my opinion I think it was a little rushed. As soon as the comic was made public extolling the virtues of Chrome, people were clamoring for it, which is great. But as soon as the downloads started so did the questions.
- When will the Apple & Linux versions arrive?
- What about the Webkit security risk?
- Some missing CSS3 support
- Does Google really own everyone I create in Chrome? (answered by Matt Cutts)
- Where are the extensions?
As of Sept. 4th Chrome had already taken 6% of the market. So is this the IE killer we’ve been waiting for? Well Paul Boag has a good post on that which I agree with a lot of. I personally don’t think this version is, but a later version? Maybe.
The problem (as Paul points out) is a lot of people still think of the internet as that little “blue e” and would never think of using anything else – why should they? This is still the battle Firefox faces. The thing on Google’s side is its apps (being touted on TV commercials for C2) which Chrome will probably join soon, and offering it on their own homepage.
So should you download it? Yes, I think so. Anything that can improve your web experience is a good thing and so far it’s run pretty well on our old laptop and my shiny new one but it hasn’t replaced Flock as my default.