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Google Chrome

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Chrome is the lightweight flagship browser that originated from an open source project by Google called Chromium and Chromium OS. It is now one of the more widely used browsers thanks to a vast ecosystem of extensions and add-ons, a robust Javascript engine, and a rapid-release development cycle that keeps it on the competitive end of the curve.

Installation

Chrome's installation process is both straight-forward and self-sustaining. After downloading the installer, Chrome's installation process will launch with the standard practices of confirming system directories and a few click throughs. Google will also ask for your permission to anonymously collect usage stats, which can be opted out of.

The self sustenance comes from 'channels' ; Once you install the Chrome browser, Google will automatically roll out updates silently in the background and keep your software updated with the latest versions.

Interface

Chrome's overall UI has remained stable since version 1.0: a minimal two row window with tabs resting above the address bar (Omnibox), 3 browser controls (Back, Forward, Stop/Reload), a star-shaped toggle for bookmarking, and settings icon. Users coming from older browsers might have to get used to not having a dedicated File menu layout but we found ourselves getting quickly adjusted.

As you install extensions, active icons will appear to the right of the address bar, but beyond that Google maintains strict restrictions on adding visible add-ons. That means no toolbars or any undesired overlays, which at one point was a widespread standard practice. Despite the limited customiseable options, Chrome is minimalist for a reason, and that results in a clean browsing experience with maximum use of screen estate for websites.

Features and Support

In addition to tabbed browsing, Chrome can be used as simply or as complex as you want, thanks to an impressive number of built-in tools, modes, hotkey functions, and more.

One popular feature is, of course, Incognito mode: Chrome's response to Mozilla's Private Browsing feature. Incognito opens a new window that disables history recording, tracking cookies, and reduces the amount of traceable breadcrumbs from your usage. Contrary to popular belief, it does not mean you can freely browse the web for illegal use as your ISP can still see your traffic activity... so stay out of trouble.

Under the hood, Chrome has some awesome features that make it very developer friendly: hardware acceleration for rendering 3D CSS effects, Google's own NaCl (Native Client) that allows secure execution of C and C++ codes within the browser, and an in house JavaScript engine that improves load times with every release.

Pressing F12 will open a dev console that allows you to view web code and quickly identify elements simply by highlighting the mouse over each line. You can also add your own HTML and CSS codes to render a page with custom styling.

Chrome also allows Google users to sync their accounts, which comes with added benefits like restoring saved bookmarks and extensions in the cloud no matter what device you're on.

Performance

Chrome is fast. Really fast. As of version 27, Chrome is powered by Google's own V8 JavaScript engine that renders pages at speeds that have been setting a standard for modern browsers. In addition, Google has been on the forefront of implementing best practices for HTML5 standards and though it's also currently running the widely used open-source Webkit engine, Google has also announced plans to move to Blink in the near future.

Wrap up

Google has relentlessly set the standard for speed, stability and security and Chrome's numerous version updates, as many as there are, have continued to complement its minimalist friendly design. It's no surprise that its market share continues to rise, especially when combined with its mobile cousin on Android. Regardless of who's faster, whether its user adoption or Chrome's own development team, Google's internet browser is one for the masses: casual user and developer alike.

More than just speed in Chrome:

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  • All versions:

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    out of 3,068 votes

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    • 2 star: 248
    • 1 star: 403
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    • 4 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Most Recent Update Had some Bugs, However !"

    May 25, 2013  |   By tonester59

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    Speed, ease of use, huge library of apps and extensions - you name it - Chrome is a great browser. As an early adopter it's been my default and all-time favorite browser for many years now.

    Cons

    Update to v.27 caused major problems - mainly page loading was VERY slow - that's if they would load at all - and several extensions were corrupted and had to be re-installed. Also the editor's review failed to mention that Google tracks your web activity - even if you opt out.( I'm not saying that's really horrible considering what you get in return - just that you should be aware of it.)

    Summary

    Well, after shutting down overnight and rebooting my system today, Chrome seems to be acting normally again. Listen, I've been through more updates than I can remember and this is the first time an update has caused me problems. I think Google's entitled to mess up once in a while, considering the great job they do the rest of the time. (Note that I'm assuming the problem was on their end and they downloaded the needed fixes - I've never had Chrome conflict with anything else on my system, but there's a first time for everything.) The bottom line is that web browsers are probably the most personal choices we make in the software we use. And while I have IE 10, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and SRWare Iron installed in my system, Chrome is the browser I use the most. If you haven't tried it yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't even THINK about it!"

    May 24, 2013  |   By ChecMark2010

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    None. Worst mess out of Google in a long time.

    Cons

    Have been a huge fan of Google and an early adopter of Chrome. Until downloading this new version from CNET, that is. What a mess! It's slow as molasses and it installed all kinds of shopping stuff and ad pages I never had before. I tried to remove this crap and it comes right back. Stick with what you have and DON'T "upgrade" to this horrible mess.

    Summary

    Sorry I ever trusted CNET to download this supposed upgrade. I've spent hours now trying to remove all this extra crap, and it was all for nothing. My Chrome is now running as slow as IE. I've gone back to Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "simply the best there is"

    May 24, 2013  |   By jeffreypopye

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    google is the best browser around there is not any better

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    so fast on start up and so easy to update.ijust don't understand the people who complain about it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best web browser since 2012"

    May 23, 2013  |   By swisstika

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    streamlined, fast, hastlefree

    Cons

    none to speak of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The No 1 Best Web Browser"

    May 23, 2013  |   By Arerifx_TheReds

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    -Lightweight
    -Fast
    -Easy,Simple UI
    -Loads of stuff like apps,add-ons,extension
    -easy to configure settings
    -Update in background
    -This new update fix Chrome for Windows 8

    Cons

    -Well,when I installed Chrome and sync my stuff from my google account,well..some of the extensions was you know,chaos..it just doesn't work right.
    -Else,well nothing..all great

    Summary

    I wanna support IE but still sorry..Chrome is still the bez

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So Great!!"

    May 22, 2013  |   By ArtInTrozZZ

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    So Great!!

    Cons

    So Great!!

    Summary

    So Great!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "IDK!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    May 22, 2013  |   By ThatGuy90

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    Everything!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    NOTHING~!!!!!

    Summary

    CHROME IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Google is a must have!"

    May 22, 2013  |   By desertdan1

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    Top of the line, does it all!

    Cons

    Still has same loading issues from 5 years back. " the spinning Arrow" ??? Super fast until the arrow hits, something the continually neglect to fix?

    Summary

    It is my default browser, and it's one issue still puts it above the others!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better from the start"

    May 21, 2013  |   By mab52

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    Chrome is the best cross-platform browser; what you've installed on one platform can sync automatically and seamlessly on another.

    I haven't read about the latest improvements yet, but this is the first version that updated automatically on the Mac without a glitch. Never a problem on Windows, glad they finally got it right on the Mac.

    Cons

    Nothing I can see. Chrome is a class act. Safari handles PDFs a bit better, but otherwise Chrome is running for first place all the way around.

    Summary

    Chrome simplifies browser life. I still love Firefox and Safari, but Chrome gets it done.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast and Easy to use, kind of like internet explorer."

    May 21, 2013  |   By jblue0056

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.93

    Pros

    Fast, Reliable and Simple - straight forward. You can run it and import your favorites off internet explorer and its bookmarking kind of looks like IE, but it is faster to me and using Google as my search engine.

    Cons

    May not be that easy for some and some probably like the busy look of IE.

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