Well, I’ve been using Chrome as my primary browser for a week or so now (yes, I like to go the whole hog and dive right into things) and have only just come up against my first actual issue with the application, other than it occasionally crashes when I have too many of it’s apparent “independent” tabs open. (more on that) I will call it, the Chrome Facebook Bug, for lack of anything more original: I tried to tag someone in a facebook album, and nothing happens, no “Done Tagging” box, nothing, and if you try and click on the photo to tag the person, it simply pushes you onto the next photo. Anyways, I thought I’d share my error report with you all :) PS. Seeing as we’re all talking about Chrome, I’ve made a Chrome category in which you can put all your posts… I don’t know why I gave up on SEO-ing this blog… perhaps, because it became too obsessive and not any fun any more :P
In this interview, the Mozilla Europe president states that he doesn’t think Google Chrome is competing with Firefox, rather it is competing with Internet Explorer, citing reasons of competing on search/advertising etc.
Just one question: Why do most Internet Explorer users use Internet Explorer? I’m tempted to set up a web survey, but I’m fairly sure the most popular reason will be “there’s an alternative? (confused look)”. Agree or no?
OK, so having established that, now I’d like to compare the demographic who will install, try and then continue to use Google Chrome with the demographic who know there are possible alternatives to IE and so use Firefox. Once again I’ll forego the web survey, but I think you’ll see a similarity in those two groups nonetheless.
Soooo. Taking these things into account, which browser do you think will lose more users to Chrome? At this point Firefox’s main defence is it’s massive and massively useful library of addons (even if Chrome comes complete with a cut-down replacement for my favourite FF addon, Firebug), but if Google adds a plugin capacity to Chrome, all bets are off.
I read the comic, liked the idea. Downloading and installing was painless, and it looks good when it starts.
<edit> (03/09/2008) – Of course, having now tried it on several other PCs, and rebooted the one I originally tested it on, I can say that most of the problems I came across earlier were actually rubbish. It plays flash just fine, google maps is quick and smooth. </edit>
On the plus side, it does work well on most sites. Wikipedia is really quick, it passes the Acid2 test, more than you can say for IE, and does quite well on Acid3 (compared to many others). That’s probably down to Webkit more than Google though. The Chrome-specific task manager is useful when you find a site that crashes it, too – it just crashes a single tab rather than the whole browser.
Anyway, checkitout: http://www.google.com/chrome