As many anticipated, Google finally created its own browser, which focuses on stuffs like simplicity, speed, security, and web applications. It includes several innovative features such as crash protection and web app shortcuts. But, neither is it the browser that is going to change the world like Firefox did, here’s why.
Why the Need for Java Plugin?
The first thing I did was hit up my bank's website. Lo and behold, Chrome asked me to install the Java Platform SE6 U10 (Beta) plugin, when Firefox and IE has no problem with Java on the same system. I don't want more crap to install on my system, let alone beta crap. The installation is also another chance for Sun to try to install OpenOffice on our systems.
No Dropdown History
The dropdown list of history that we are so familiar with, usually located beside the address bar, is absent in Chrome. They make us click on the wrench icon and click History.
Mac and Linux Users, Look Elsewhere
For software like browsers, it is common for them to work for various platforms. Even Apple has embraced this norm by offering Safari for Windows. But not for Chrome, which is only available for Windows.
Well, Chrome may have crash protection that protects other tabs from crashing along with one misbehaving tab. But, I would rather have no crashes with Firefox than have a crash within 30 minutes of use.