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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.

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  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 3,068 votes

    • 5 star: 1190
    • 4 star: 788
    • 3 star: 439
    • 2 star: 248
    • 1 star: 403
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "STILL AMAZING!"

    September 2, 2013  |   By tgmeow

    Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

    Pros

    -Speedy browser
    -Compact UI
    -Simple to use
    -Love the web store!

    Cons

    -Memory usage is occasionally a problem, usually isn't

    Summary

    To those idiots who blame Google for installing malware on your computer-- READ THE CNET INSTALLER MORE CAREFULLY.

    If you truly know what you are doing, you wouldn't have had all those "problems."

    Chrome is one of the best browsers out there, and I swear, most of your "problems" with Chrome are your own faults.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "chrome is no good"

    August 31, 2013  |   By raodvr

    Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

    Pros

    better than many others

    Cons

    It never worked smoothly windows 8 blue which I am using
    the user interface is very poor
    inspite of being an expert python programmer I find difficult to set home pge of my choice
    it always opened in full screen mode I have to struggle always and some times un successful. I like google and all its products and do not like ms internet explorer, but now I forced go back to Iexplore very unfortunate

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  • 2.0 stars

    "CHROME GOOD BY"

    August 31, 2013  |   By leonidasorf

    Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

    Pros

    Fast,good extensions,generely best BROWSER UNTIL THE LAST
    UPDATE.

    Cons

    First of all to memory use.
    Second the browser make all kind of thinks alone.
    The extensions come and go...new extensions come without been before
    there. ADBLOG its not working proberly. A MEGA MESS.

    IT seems YOU are not The ONER of your BROWSER.

    GOOD-BY GOOGLE CHROME.

    Summary

    GO BACK TO FIREFOX AFTER ONE YEAR.
    WE see!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "chrome use half of memory by opening 10 tabs"

    August 30, 2013  |   By feelx123

    Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

    Pros

    chrome use half of memory by opening 10 tabs

    Cons

    chrome use half of memory by opening 10 tabs

    Summary

    chrome use half of memory by opening 10 tabs

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fonts are weird boxes"

    August 29, 2013  |   By gwestcott

    Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

    Pros

    Easy to search and fast. My favorite search engine of all.

    Cons

    I love Chrome but cannot get all of the fonts to work with it.
    I can't read some areas. I uninstalled and reinstalled it and still a problem. I tried to contact support, no one. This does it on my laptop too. I use a mac and some type people have told me that Chrome does not play well with some fonts. I would like to fix this and have replaced all the fonts and they still won't work. Ugh. But other than that, its the best browser out there.

    Summary

    Needs to fix the mac font problem. Needs to become more stable with the fonts.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "GOOD BROWSER BUT USES TO MUCH CPU/MEMBORY"

    August 28, 2013  |   By griffragy13626

    Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

    Pros

    runs good but has one problem I dont like when you close it out the chrome.exe program stays running and takes forever to close the exe files. I use it to check my normal email, yahoo, gmail and live.com email account and it seem to run 3 exe files for each tab that is open, tried to go to the chrome website to have the engineers to check this problem but can not send a question.

    Cons

    same as above

    Summary

    would be a excellent browser if it did't have all the exe files running and it slows my computer down because of the cpu/memory usage. would like it if cent could pass this on to the chrome people.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's a good but not great browser"

    August 28, 2013  |   By GERRY RAINS

    Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62

    Pros

    It can do what you want it to albeit in a somewhat clumsy manner

    Cons

    It immediately makes itself your default browser - no choice and no announcement. It will also attempt to hook itself into any other browser you might have. There's an infinitesimal chance that it's more secure than Firefox with the proper add-ons but it's not worth all of the grief.

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