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    Cyburbian TexanOkie's avatar
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    Google Chrome

    Does anyone have any experiences, positive or negative, with Google's web browser, Chrome?

    (The only reason this isn't in the IT forum is because it does not really pertain to planning)

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    When it first came out, I downloaded it and didn't much care for it but about a month ago I started using it again at work because I am unable to download Firefox (my browser of choice) and Internet Explorer seems to get slowed down entirely too easily on my computer.

    My favorite part about Chrome is that when one of the pages you are viewing freezes up for whatever reason, you can close that single tab and not lose any of the other tabs that you were working in which is usually not the case in IE or Firefox.

    I keep waiting for Google to release a version of Chrome that will work on the Mac OS/X so I can use it at home and really see how well it works.
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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Does anyone have any experiences, positive or negative, with Google's web browser, Chrome?
    I use Chrome at home a little bit. I find its fast than Explorer or Firefox when using Google apps such as Gmail or Reader.

    I haven't fiddled with it much beyond that yet.
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    I have a 3 year old laptop at home (which is really slow!) and I downloaded Google Chrome. It works much faster as an internet browser than IE and takes up less RAM than Firefox in use. I really like that when a page freezes, shutting it down is much faster than other browsers. I find Chrome to be very user friendly and easy to set up, in fact, it downloaded all my bookmarks from IE.
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    At home on my Wintel box, I've got to have all the major browsers on hand for testing; Firefox 3.5 (my default go-to browser, on both the PC and Mac) and 3.6a, Internet Explorer 8, Opera 9.5 and 10, Safari 4, and Chromium (see below).

    Chrome uses the same rendering engine (Webkit) as Safari and Konqueror. It's considered to be the fastest of the major rendering engines, although I find Opera tends to be just a bit faster. Even with tweaks to the rendering engine (Gecko) for Firefox 3.5, I still think it's a bit slower than Webkit-based browsers.

    The good:

    * It's simple.
    * It's fast.
    * It's stable. If a script running in a tab is slow or acts wonky, it won't bring down the entire browser.

    The bad

    * No plugins.
    * Can't choose where it will install; it doesn't respect standard file and folder locations for Windows program installation, and scatters files around your PC much more than a typical Windows program. (Instead of Chrome, I use Chromium, which installs much like a portable application; uncompress and move it into the desired folder, and overwrite for updates.)
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Chrome uses the same rendering engine (Webkit) as Safari and Konqueror. It's considered to be the fastest of the major rendering engines, although I find Opera tends to be just a bit faster...
    I was going to mention Opera but didn't... I agree that Opera seems a bit faster. I downloaded it on a whim for my laptop (an old Mac Powerbook G4) a couple of weeks ago and really like it so far.
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    I use it as my primary browser now for the reasons that Dan mentioned (it's fast and stable), but I typically also have Firefox open for specific sites that need plug-ins.
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    At home, I use Chrome exclusively. I'm prohibited from downloading anything at work...but I just might try.

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Does anyone have any experiences, positive or negative, with Google's web browser, Chrome?
    We recently switched to Chrome because Firefox made some upgrade that introduced a bunch of annoying glitches. We got fed up with it and moved on. So far, the only thing annoying about Chrome is the order in which it opens new tabs. It's just not intuitive for me. Firefox opened them on the very end, no matter which tab it opened from. Chrome opens it right next to whatever tab it is opening from, thereby routinely changing the order of things. This is a really minor nuisance compared to the crazymaking stuff Firefox recently began doing. So far, I'm happy.

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