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Open in Google Chrome

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Open in Google Chrome works like the other engine-switching plug-in for Firefox, IETab. Apparently, OGC was based on the same code. However, if you're familiar with IETab, which renders pages in Firefox using the Internet Explorer engine, be prepared for OGC to behave differently.

Instead of rendering the IE page in a new tab in Firefox, OGC opens the tab you're switching in Chrome itself. Now, since Chrome is significantly faster than IE7, the URL should open fairly quickly. At least, it did for us during multiple tests. Still, this was a jarring experience at first because it takes you out of the Firefox window. Also of note is that the extension requires you to manually point it to your installation of Chrome.

We weren't fond of the interface, either. To use the plug-in, you must either use the context menu or customize a toolbar with a Chrome button on your own. There was no Menubar option for accessing the add-on's options, either. For developers who need to switch quickly between browsers or users who are playing around with Chrome, Open in Google Chrome should prove useful. Beyond that, it's not much more than a curiosity.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It is Fast"

    October 10, 2008  |   By puppydog56

    Version: Open in Google Chrome 1.0

    Pros

    It does have tabbed browsing

    Cons

    It does not have regular menus like IE7, Firefox and etc.

    Summary

    I tired it and liked how fast it was but I missed the traditional menus and uninstalled it. I will stick with firefox.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Its most definately a fast browser."

    September 24, 2008  |   By ladyerica

    Version: Open in Google Chrome 1.0

    Pros

    It has tabbed browsing like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

    Cons

    It doesn't have the traditional menus like the browsers I mentioned in question #2.

    Summary

    I test drove this browser the other day. It does have a few advanced settings but I was taken aback a bit because the same company that came out with the new browser did not integrate the typical toolbar synomonis with Internet Explorer and Firefox. With that said there is some customization but no other controls built in. I do think they need to get it out of beta and launch a fully functional browser if they ever think about getting into the browser wars, its brutal. I do appreciate the light memory load, Firefox and I.E caa spike into 250,000 kbs, and also take up a loit of processing power. I currently have 2 gb worth of memory on my board, thats typical to run a lot of applications at once without too much ladency, and have a 3.4 ghz Intel Celeron processor that hums along just fine without burning up the house inside the box I have. Google Chrome is good but it needs some work.

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