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.


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.