Google Chrome Beta available

September 2, 2008 at 9:34 PMAndre Loker

Google has released a beta version of it's browser Chrome. I've just downloaded it and only browsed over some sites I frequently use so I can't give an in-depth review. At least so far everything worked fine.

I just wanted to let you know some thoughts of mine regarding Chrome:

  • Google is big, no doubt (in Germany Google has around 80% market share for search engines, at least that's what I heard). This combined with the fact that Google has proven to be capable of releasing powerful and useful applications in the past (Picasa, Google Earth) I think they have a good chance to gain a notable market share. But that's exactly the point that scares me. As of now Google defines what we can find on the Internet. In the future, will Google define how we consume it? Separation of power is an important concept of democracy, you know.
  • Chrome tries to redefine from scratch what a browser should do. Web has changed dramatically in the last years, so this intention comes right on time.
  • This comic strip regarding the Chrome technology is worth reading.
  • I've never optimised a site for WebKit, so I'm curious how this turns out
  • After several minutes of using Chrome I'm already missing my favourite Firefox plug ins: web developer toolbar, AdBlock plus, Firebug and YSlow

All in all I'm excited as well as skeptical. I guess time will tell.

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