Chrome: Welcome to the World of IE
Google has had it easy for the last few years. Everyone seems to love this cuddly
company with the kooky name. Its new browser, Chrome, is beginning to change
all that. Fact is, Google is gaining more power and reach -- and with that comes
Let's start with Chrome. Soon after the beta came out, security researchers
reported a denial
of service vulnerability. The same day, a researcher demonstrated how a
"malformed URL" could take the browser down. All this a day after
the beta came out!
Then there's this: The original license gave
Google the rights to anything you might create with Chrome. That didn't
go over too big.
And there are still fears about how much Google knows about us -- and, more
importantly, will know. For example, some believe that Google does deep-packet
inspection, letting it see everything we do on the Web. I'm not sure about this
deep-packet inspection, but I do know that Google isn't backing down from things
like Street View, which lets strangers see what's going on in your yard and
sometimes right inside your own house.
As you'll see in our Mailbag, Redmond Report readers have mixed feelings about
Chrome. Some see it as fast, simple and slick. Others complain about the lack
of features and how it isn't that friendly with some Microsoft technologies.
Who would have thought? More Chrome impressions welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/08/2008 at 1:15 PM