Give me a FulCHROME and a place to search and I will lift the Internet
That seems to be the driving motto of the CHROME team. No points for guessing the browser I am using for this post. I anticipated Server Overload while downloading CHROME (Bad bad Server, No Donuts for you). But nothing of that sort happened maybe beacause I was an earlybird (Earlybird gets the chrome?). The installation was glitch-less. Migration of data from IE7 was also NAQA (No Annoying Questions Asked) and a quickie.
Next Question : Look and Feel?
Let me confess. I have been an IE user throughout. Right from IE3. So it has been a blue journey throughout. Chrome is also blue albeit a lighter shade. The now famous trinitywheel logo does bring about a welcome change from the eswish logo. Chrome atleast LOOKS like a lightweight browser. It gives you a feeling that it is very fragile. Maybe I am taking the beta testing too seriously :D
The tabs sits on the very top. It looks like an index box. Which is not a bad design. Very intuitive. Leaves you with lots of spaces for the web content. Total utilisation of space I must say. Not bad at all.
The Tabs sit pretty with the Close/Maximize/Minimize buttons of Windows. So thats the first row. The second row is taken up by Back/Forward/Refresh/Bookmark/OMNIBOX/Go/Control/Settings. Thats it. Rest of the space is for the web content. You get valuable real estate here.
Contrast this with IE7.
The first row is the HTML Title with the Close/Maximize/Minimize buttons of Windows.
Second Row is the Address Bar.
Third Row could be taken up by a toolbar(Google toolbar for instance).
Fourth Row taken up by the Tabs and settings and bookmarks etc.
And not to forget the bottom Row which tells the site download status bringing the total to five rows.
One cant help but notice the difference. 2 rows Vs 5. Fifteen-Love CHROME.
See it for yourself in the snapshots below.
Another point to be noted is that how many ever tabs you open in CHROME you will not be shown a horizontal scroll bar as shown in IE7. The above snapshot has about 35 tabs open without flinching. The IE7 shows a horizontal scroll after 12 tabs. See the snapshot below.
Thirty – Love . CHROME.
One thing which I found lacking in CHROME was the absence of eclipse style close button for Tabs. If you have used eclipse then you recognize that the tabs can be closed WITHOUT clicking on them. You get the close cross even if you hover the mouse on the Tab. That doesnt happen in either IE or CHROME. Why?
[UPDATE] Woohoo. You CAN close Tabs without WITHOUT clicking on them. Only Exception is that after some 15 Tabs it does not happen simply because of the lack of real-estate. I am Happy. :)
[UPDATE] It has a task manager. :D . Click on the icon which says “Control the current page” , Go to Developer , Choose “Task Manager”. Alternatively, Press Shft+Esc.
So overall a clean interface which gives a feeling of light-weightedness.
Now the most important Question: Performance?
It works like a dream for Google apps at least. Like the in-built chat client in gmail (gtalk) is alive and kicking on my 115Kbps Datacard. It normally isnt on IE.
For the other sites and performances we will need to wait and watch. Issues might pour in. There will be lots of issues with their new JSEngine. Or there might not be. Keep watching this space for more performance issues.
So what happens now?
Google has gone all out to make CHROME accessible to users. Their sacred white hompage now urges user to download the CHROME Beta. I dont remember if they have ever used their sacred white for any other product (other than the topmost row which sells all their apps). Its a war alright.
I reiterate my stand. Who needs an OS? I just need a strong browser. Which CHROME is not. Yet. Who knows what happens next(Sergey-Larry knows :D).