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Google Chrome

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Chrome is Google's attempt to make the browser disappear and to focus on the applications and pages users are viewing, rather than on the border with its tools. Some of Chrome's basic underpinnings are quite novel, but people will recognize other features as they exist in other, open-source browsers on the market today.

Currently only for Windows, Chrome is blazingly fast and is easily the quickest browser available. Based on Webkit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari and Google's Android mobile platform, Chrome's interface is a drastic departure from other browsers. Instead of the traditional toolbar, Chrome puts its tabs on top. Moreover, the tabs are detachable: "tabs" and "windows" are interchangeable here. Detached tabs can be dragged and dropped into the browser, and tabs can be rearranged at any time. By isolating each tab's processes, when one site crashes, the browser does not.

Within each tab are individual controls, such as forward and back buttons. The search box and the address bar have been fused into a hybrid "Omnibox." The Omnibox includes not only suggestions for URLs culled from your browser's history, it also includes search suggestions from your search engine, and remembers site-specific search engine results. There's also Application Shortcuts, a feature that allows you to create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail or Calendar. The stealth mode, Incognito, lets you surf without the history recording cookies.

Chrome lacks plug-ins, and there's the potential for high memory usage given that each tab is its own process. If you're addicted to Web apps and a need for speed, though, Chrome just might be the shine your browsing experience has been looking for.

More than just speed in Chrome:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Google Chrome is here to stay!!"

    April 23, 2009  |   By ozziekun

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    it's great, simple design that is user friendly. but what i like about it most is that it gets all of the pop ups that firefox misses.

    Cons

    lacks customization features that are a hit with firefox. colors man! I like colors that my browsers can be!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply amazing!!"

    April 23, 2009  |   By kyoshiyo

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    it's super fast and pretty easy to use!

    Cons

    slow in some sites,
    slow installing but worth it

    Summary

    it's pretty fast especially when I'm reading some mangas though it loads slow it some sites with flash , it's still the best browser! and i really don't like to much ad-ons and toolbars

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Google Chrome is Great!"

    April 22, 2009  |   By SLM75

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    It is much faster and it's not loaded down with too many toolbars like IE 8.

    Cons

    No cons to my knowledge.

    Summary

    It works faster compared to other browsers and very handy to open several tabs at once. I like the thumbnail feature of most visited or bookmarked sites.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Steals too much memory."

    April 20, 2009  |   By 12041996

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    1.Fast
    2.Has got incognito browsing.

    Cons

    1.Steals too much memory.
    2.Difficult to install this product.

    Summary

    First safety, then speed.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Acceptable, Still far from Firefox"

    April 20, 2009  |   By Angmarr

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    Speed!!!!
    Simplicity!
    Performance
    Individual Tab features!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Some features that Firefox doesn't have ---- YET!

    Cons

    Some bugs - like radio buttons not loading
    NO ADDONS

    Summary

    Doubt this will be a major player!?
    Because "Whatever" chrome has Firefox will mach! BUT
    IT will be awesome if Chrome comes preinstalled alongside IE!!

    Updated on Apr 20, 2009

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best browser ever!"

    April 19, 2009  |   By marco17851

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    Unbelievably fast!
    Never crashes on me!
    Downloads are fast compared to Firefox and IE7!
    Detachable tabs!
    Easy to use!

    Cons

    No extensions/add-ons.

    Summary

    This is one of the best browsers on the market. I personally don't like Google and I use yahoo mail and search engine....but this thing....it surprised me when I downloaded it!
    It installed fairly quick and when I ran the application not even one second had passed and it came up on my screen.
    Firefox usually takes between 5-7 seconds....while IE7 takes 3-6.
    I love it that the tabs detach since I said if one tab crashes the other won't.....which Chrome crashing is almost impossible.
    One thing that I don't like but don't mind is the add-ons.
    In firefox I had the yahoo edition or something like that because it came with the yahoo toolbar.
    I don't mind Chrome not coming with it because if you don't like using Google search engine you can edit the settings to use whatever search engine you prefer.
    This is a great download that I recommend to everyone!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware! No No Don't do it. Hooks & spyware to the max"

    April 19, 2009  |   By LesPaul

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    Oh it's fast alright. Fast at collecting all your data and basically impossible to fully uninstall. If you like fast spyware/malware, this is for you.

    Cons

    Oh it's fast alright. Fast at collecting all your data and basically impossible to fully uninstall. If you like fast spyware/malware, this is for you.

    Summary

    Google wants to fully dominate the Internet. It's all about money. So, they have no scrupples whatsoever about tricking you into putting this trashware on your system. I've been working on systems since 1979. That's right.. I am systems technician. Even with that much experience and skills, this thing keeps showing up in my registry AFTER I have unlocked and deleted it dozens of times. That means that Google Chrome placed very deep hidden files on my drives. So.. Go ahead, make their day. Then they can farm out every bit of your personal information for MORE MONEY. Come on.. think about it. Why do you think their stock is more valuable than gold? It's not because they're stupid; it's because they are totally profit driven. I even avoid using their search engines for the very same reason. I rarely post an opinion or judgement this heavy here at DL.com but this thing has really ticked me off. I guess on the other hand, if you've already installed it, you're stuck with their spyware unless somebody comes up with a plan to clean it out of your system. Sorry Google.. THIS STINKS.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Speed is nice!"

    April 17, 2009  |   By z9to5

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    Fast loading

    Cons

    It feels as if it;s storeing to much infromation.Task Manager goes Haywire.

    Summary

    I like the speed and I;m scared of the Data Collecting Big Brother.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Collect usage Data"

    April 16, 2009  |   By frightmare13

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    Fast and free so thats good

    Cons

    As always google collects usage data. Firefox, or opera are fast and dont collect datd.

    Summary

    Wont use anything that collects information whether you want to let them or not

    Updated on Apr 16, 2009

    Stay away, collects usage data

    Updated on Apr 16, 2009

    Stay away collects usage data.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Damn... thats fast..."

    April 15, 2009  |   By azncheckmate

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.53

    Pros

    I was quite surprised by the fact that Google actually surpassed Firefox by speed. The same properties and outlook of Safari 4. The outlook is very slick. Not as laggy as Firefox and IE8. Shortcut controls are very easy to use and a nice transparency

    Cons

    *.* Are you kidding me??? Any cons??!!! HAHAHAHA!!!I have just one and there are no plug-ins yet for this browser. If Google successfully creates plug-ins for this, the program would beat firefox by a landfill and IE will be out of the market.

    Summary

    *Pros continued: I love the fact that they added the menu "new incognito window" which is a separation from the dull "Open in new window." This takes less RAM than all the other Internet browsers. I was also surprised that this program loaded webpages that has alot of scripts and Java on it. Firefox takes me 4 seconds to load a page wtih heavy scripts and Chrome took me 2 seconds.

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