Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3088 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.172.28
  • Total Downloads:
    25,461,134
  • Date Added:
    May 21, 2009
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23,099
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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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.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 43 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 3088 votes

    • 5 star 1197
    • 4 star 790
    • 3 star 442
    • 2 star 249
    • 1 star 410
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5 stars

"stealthy mode and detachable tab are neat!"

June 09, 2009  |  By Keith_Cheung

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

Speedy and simplified interface. I like it!

Cons

Just started to use it.. haven't seen any obvious big flaws yet

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4 stars

"A good backup browser"

June 09, 2009  |  By vigneshiyers

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

lightning fast

Cons

None so far

Summary

a good secondary browser

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5 stars

"My favorite browser by far."

June 08, 2009  |  By ticobrohay69

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

Speed, simplicity, and functionality.

The interface is absolutely gorgeous. I have been following Chrome since its release and I must admit that they have been updating the program at a rapid pace. Great to see this kind of progress.

Cons

No adblocker, but I have learned to view the web without one. While I like adblockers, I like speed even more.

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5 stars

"Best browser."

June 07, 2009  |  By marco17851

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

Loads extremely fast on good speed internet.
The interface is simple, yet powerful.
Doesn't clutter up the screen with useless applications.

Cons

Loads very slowly or not at all in slow internet.
I need some extensions...lol.

Summary

Pretty much a good browser to use daily. It is very fast when your internet is going fast. Goes slow when the internet sucks. The interface is so simple that I can't see myself switching back to Firefox since firefox is so ugh...

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2 stars

"Meh!! and Meh!!"

June 06, 2009  |  By zeeadmin

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

nice clean interface, easy navigation

Cons

really slow to respond to opening up new tabs REALLY SLOW!

Summary

As mentioned above Chrome has a nice clean interface that boasts easy navigation HOWEVER 'New Tabs' operation is extreemly slow!

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4 stars

"Powerful browser lots of options & products."

June 06, 2009  |  By moshe1436

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

Connectivity is reliable and I like the many different "products" that come with Chrome. So far I think the help support is good.

Cons

I think the use of the new tab system is awkward to log in and out. Confusing when trying to bookmark web sites and the process for marking bookmarks seems confusing to me.

Summary

Overall I like Google Chrome because it offers so many more options than any other browser I've used. I was having so much trouble with IE8 disconnecting and being unavailable that Chrome is a delight. For the cons, I think the tab system with Google Mail is more user friendly. I find it awkward when trying to input bookmarks (favorites). Retrieving them is no problem. In spite of these negatives, I would highly recommend Google Chrome.

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4 stars

"This is the only browser I use."

June 06, 2009  |  By Fr0g1eD

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

Uncluttered, uncomplicated; lots of useful features.

Cons

It's not really a con. I will rate this 5 stars once they provide extensions. In the meantime, the bookmarklets are an excellent alternative.

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5 stars

"very secure"

June 03, 2009  |  By bd8301

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

its more secure then ie but Firefox is secure to but Firefox is good to but i can't use it takes up memory and Google chrome some times has its problems to i guess every browser does.

Cons

nothing that i can think of right now

Summary

its secure then ie

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5 stars

"Quick, Easy to use"

June 03, 2009  |  By Psyche_1955

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

Frequently used sites on homepage, Not a lot of clutter up top, Bookmarks easy to enter and sort. Fast and clean..

Cons

none, other products need to create applications that will run smoothly with this

Summary

So glad I've found this. I don't end up with unwanted bars, etc.

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4 stars

"Faster than before and loads faster than Firefox."

June 03, 2009  |  By sugarbearco

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.28

Pros

Faster than other browsers.

Cons

Right now, nothing.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.172.28
Version 2.0.172.28 introduces a faster JavaScript engine, Webkit updates, and automatic form-filling.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date May 21, 2009
Date Added May 21, 2009
Version 2.0.172.28
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,461,134
Downloads Last Week 23,099
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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