Google Chrome – good intentions, but not ready

 

Recently, Google launched a new web browser, which presumably aims to compete with Microsoft IE 8, Firefox, and Safari. 

At first glance, Google Chrome is a joy to use.  It is fast and easy to download and install and once installed, browsing seems even faster.  It’s interface is nice and clean, just like Google search.   Google added user-friendly features include blocking of pop-up ads, ability to surf the web anonymously … defying the persistent cookies that some advertising networks drop, and a limited toolbar, which allows more effective use of screen real estate.

However, it does have some problems as well.  As usual, Google quickly threw out a half-baked Beta version which resulted in the following message when I tried to go to MiGente:

In it’s defense, Google Chrome intends well, but it just falls short.  Another shortcoming is that even though it suppresses some  banner advertisements, the advertiser still gets charged for the impression.  For a company that earns its living on ad revenue, I can’t believe they let than one slide.

Another nice feature of the Google Chrome interface is its visual history of your browsing habits:

This may or may not be good, depending on who happens to use your computer or looks over your shoulder as you try to Google something.  Another interesting thing is that now that Google Chrome can watch almost every keystroke you make as you surf the web, it starts learning your browsing habits.  So, when you Google something, it takes this past browsing history into account as it determines which sites to present to you in response to your  Google inquiry.

For now, I would recommend that people just stick to Mozilla’s Firefox.  It seems to have the best and most reliable rendition and translation of web standard HTML and CSS.