Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3074 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.1.249.1045
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
April 01, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
24,950,513
Downloads Last Week:
27,849
Product ranking:
#2 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

In slightly more than a year, Google Chrome has surprised users and critics alike by leapfrogging to more than 4 percent of the browser market share. That attention and heavy usage is not undeserved. Chrome 4 is blazingly fast, more stable than previous versions, and introduces support for extensions, bookmark syncing, and some HTML5 innovations.

Based on Webkit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari, Google's Android mobile platform, and several other Web-browsing tools, but with a different JavaScript engine, 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 other tabs do not.

The search box and the address bar have been fused into a hybrid "Omnibox," which includes suggestions for URLs culled from your browser's history and search suggestions from your search engine. It remembers site-specific search engine results. There's also Application Shortcuts, a feature that lets you create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail. The stealth mode, Incognito, lets you surf without the history-recording cookies.

Despite all that's good and new in the browser from Google, it is still a work in development and users are not universally enthralled with Chrome's sheen. Complaints ranging from secure log-in issues to occasional site rendering hang-ups to support for PDFs and some media players. Problems aside, Chrome is more than a surface polish and is well worth using.

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  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 3074 votes

    • 5 star: 1193
    • 4 star: 788
    • 3 star: 439
    • 2 star: 249
    • 1 star: 405
  • Current Version:

    3.8

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 2 stars

    "I quit Google Chrome"

    June 18, 2014   |   By losmeme

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Fast generally reliable

    Cons

    Uncontrollable

    Summary

    Today is the last day I fight with the little man that resides in each and every chrome browser. This man has been tasked by Google to infuriate you at any cost, to trip you up and make you loose work. The little man is there to ensure you use chrome how Google sees fit, and not how you would like to work. The little man will not play videos on certain sites, the little man will inexplicably launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, and then refuse to return to the desktop without a restart. The little man will loose a decades worth of bookmarks during a simple upgrade. The little man will arbitrarily decide to trash all your settings, and use only the Google approved ones.

    The internet was never meant to be this difficult to access, why Google can't understand that is beyond me.

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  • 5 stars

    "My default browser."

    June 14, 2014   |   By sammojr

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Fastest browser I know of. Google leads the way in new web technologies currently. It's also leads the way in standards compliance by W3C standards. There is much additional functionality to add between Chrome Apps & Chrome Extensions as well as nice pretty themes. It's minimalist design makes the use of the browser fairly easy. There is no redundant buttons, toolbars or any redundant bars for that matter. The omni-bar simplifies the interface, there is no separate address bar from search bar, which is easier in my opinion than having to click between two boxes to type in a search query, or type in a URL.

    Cons

    It could use a better download manager. As far as I know there is no good download manager extension, or app for Google Chrome. There is no open file ability from the download manager, only save file can be selected. Incognito mode opens a new window. There is no option to set it to open in new tab.

    Summary

    Google Chrome is a great browser. Fast, simple, yet extensive-able. It's at fore front of new web technologies in attempt to make the web better, from WebP to Native Client. Google Chrome is a serious choice for people who want the latest, fastest, and efficient browsing.

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  • 5 stars

    "I have used Google Chrome for years and its the Best"

    June 14, 2014   |   By emaildavidnow

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Its fast with many options to customize it and they are always improving it

    Cons

    I have used most of the web browsers out there and Google Chrome is Great. No major problems that I have had with it

    Summary

    You really must try it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very nice add-ons"

    June 13, 2014   |   By GenevieveRance

    Version: Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153

    Pros

    Many useful features
    Great HTML5 support

    Cons

    Very nice add-ons

    Summary

    Never crashed on my PC
    Speed
    And most important: Sync with Android version works perfectly. :)

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