Ok, so I downloaded Chrome. One of my tech profs was afraid of it because he said it was a stealth way to embed ads on every page. But I thought I should try it because it was supposedly this revolutionary new browsing device that would CHANGE LIFE ON EARTH AS WE KNOW IT!!!
So first, the download was stupendously quick and easy. It was on my computer and installed before I even knew what was happening. I had a few moments of digital “quaa?” before the interface clicked in my head, at which point at found it easily navigable and intuitive. It was also very, very pretty, and this is me speaking as someone who loves Safari for precisely that reason.
The biggest new feature: That home-page thingy (yes, I is a semi-professional writer) that puts your nine most viewed web sites up immediately on the (i guess I’ll call it) base page. The one marked with a plus sign on the tab.
I also like the star near the address bar that let’s you bookmark things. And the tabbed navigation between pages, though that could get cumbersome if you’re not careful.
I was afraid that since it was brand new and virtually no sites had been developed to use it as a native environment, that scripts would be wonky and I’d have a lot of trouble loading some things, as I often do with firefox and i.e. (but never, for some reason, in Safari, which you would think might have that problem since I’m not on a mac).
Bottom line: Love it. Would like to get a bigger bookmark bar on the base page, but you can probably do that somehow and I just haven’t played with it enough, and the little folder in the corner is convenient anyway. The only problem I’ve had is having some myspace pages load funky, but that may be more a myspace problem than anything else (yes, I’m still using myspace for rl friends networking. Don’t judge me!)
Is it a category killer? Dunno. A lot of people are fiercely loyal to firefox. I really like the way this one is set up, though. It could catch on. And if they’re embedding ads everywhere they’re failing at it because I haven’t seen one yet. Maybe they’re waiting and then will sock it to us later. Could happen.
So basically, Chrome knocks Internet Explorer to the floor and stomps on its face. Not that that was much of a challenge.