So I took the plunge and installed Google’s Chrome onto my laptop. I plan on using it for a month or two exclusively until a) I can decisively say that it is better or worse than Firefox, or b) I come across a feature that it is lacking that is vital to my everyday use of the intarwebs. In the event of either, I don’t see myself switching to Chrome exclusively for the remainder of my days; one possible outcome is using it to suppliment firefox. You must understand that this has become a competitive market that inspires competition and imitation between platforms; Mozilla and Microsoft are bound to start taking on aspects of Chrome within the next major release of each browser.
This all harkens back to that Web 2.0 bollocks that we got force fed in the last couple of years. While I don’t subscribe to the wankery of deeper connections and words becoming more powerful than their combined meanings, etc and so forth; the web browser literally has become more and more like an OS. With sites like youtube and gmail (and hotmail before it), not to mention the multitude of filesharing sites with “vitual storage”, the humble web browser has become less of a document reader and more of a doorway to a unified cloud computer. Google Documents has allowed me to write and collaberate with colleagues at University with almost 100% zero hastles; making sure your MS Office versions are compatible with another person’s before you can show him your .pps is a thing of antiquity when juxtaposed to this concept.
Before I leap headfirst into a gargantuan discourse on cloud computing, however, I will reign in my blathering and return to the titular topic. After a weeks worth of Chroming (hehehe…get it?) I can say with confidence that we are looking at a very interesting change in web browsing. While I love the extra realestate offered by Chrome’s GUI, I do sometimes find myself sorely missing some identifiers: the script icon bottom right, the page status bottom left, and the ubiquitous bookmark toolbar my cursor so often caresses with clockwork frequency. I do however feel wholly empowered with the threading of tabs; a working marvel in its own right. The mechanics behind the url-bar’s increased versatility could also prove to be a big winner, as soon as I shed my ingrained Mozillian habits…
More to come as I delve deeper into this virtual haptic browsing experience.