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Chrome Might Get You Home

On Tuesday, I gave a sneak preview of Google's browser called Chrome. Soon after I wrote the item, the download became ready. Matt Morollo, our VP of publishing here at Redmond magazine, wrote to me raving about Chrome and how fast it was. I also heard from a Redmond Report reader or two who were similarly impressed.

I downloaded Chrome on a spare computer -- the one my daughter Lauren gave me when she made her now famous and controversial switch to the Mac -- and gave it a whirl.

Like the Google home page itself, the interface is sparse. It did a fine job of importing my Firefox bookmarks (which are synced on my machines through Foxmarks), so I was ready to browse. It did seem pretty snappy, and the tabs were easy to figure out (it uses the same Ctrl-T shortcut as Firefox).

But I didn't see a lot of features -- they seemed as sparse as the interface. I'm sure they're there, or will be, or maybe I just need to spend more than five minutes looking for them. The good news for Microsoft fans (and shareholders): It only runs on Windows!

Have you tried Chrome? What do you like or dislike and what does it mean for the future of IE? Your expert analysis is welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com. Or if you want your comments to be considered for a review in our print magazine, fill out the comment form here.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/04/2008 at 1:15 PM


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