Wednesday, September 03, 2008

More Web Browsers than you can Shake a Stick at. 

We have Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3, and now Google's first browser, (still in Beta) is called 'Chrome' and of course, I had to take a look. So after a quick download and a quick install, I started to browse the web just to see how it feels. At the moment having played for a couple of hours it doesn't feel very different from Firefox 3. Rumour has it that Chrome might be a little faster, but it's hard to tell on a fast computer. Also, my Google Chrome does not have any plug-ins installed at the moment. Overall, the first impression is good. Chrome is something that I will continue to play with, although I suspect that I will keep my Firefox 3 around until Chrome has some equivalent plug-ins, which is where the real value of Firefox lies.

Chrome seems to  consume considerably less memory than Firefox 3 & IE7,  this would offer an advantage on computers that are older or smaller laptops with less memory. I think that I will need to play with this one a bit more, at this early stage I am not 100% convinced that Chrome will do any more than the other players in the market do already. Download the Beta here and try it yourself. 

"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office". Robert Frost.

4 comments:

ninuhadida said...

yet making the lifes of web designers / developers even more difficult.

Steve Holmes said...

yea but you like a challenge, don't you?..

ninuhadida said...

yeah but believe me, if you're a web designer / developer yourself, you know what I'm taking about.

Another browser in the loop to test. It's already a headache to develop a site that looks the same on IE / FF / Opera, especially if you include javascript.

So really, another browser is not really what we need.

Steve Holmes said...

I am not involved with website development anymore, but Yes I do know what your talking about, browser compatibility issues can cause quite a few headaches.