Google Chrome : One Browser to rule them all

Google Chrome

One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.

There was no “Download Day”, no server downtime, no record to set… It all happened without much fanfare. Just a small statement in the most visited page in internet. “New! Download Chrome (BETA) – the new browser from Google”

Google calls it Chrome, People call it “Google OS”, Open Source Community will have its “Chromium”, IE would call it “Nightmare come true”, Opera would cry “copy cat”, Apple would say “Just another Safari“, Privacy Advocates will cry “Foul”, Some call it start of “Web 3.0″ or “Web 3.0 beta”, FireFox is just recovering from the “shock” and I just call it “cool“…

Imagine the simplicity and minimalistic colours of Google in a browser and you got “Chrome”. The way you had imagined and used tabs are going to change. The tabs are going to the top floor instead of being below the address bar. You can still switch tabs! You can kill the tab from the tab strip or from the process manager. When you kill the tab, you see a “sad tab.” :) If you reload the page, Google Chrome will even remember the scroll position.

New tab page shows most frequently visited page, most frequent searches, bookmarks, and recently closed tabs. You can choose whether a bookmark strip follows you as you surf (in case you want to save screen space).

Geeks, use the Task Manager to get details about a specific process running in Google Chrome, or to force a misbehaving tab or application to close. You can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Esc to quickly open the Task Manager. For each active item in Google Chrome, you can monitor the amount of memory taken up, the amount of CPU used, and the network activity (bytes sent and received). To force a misbehaving webpage or application to close in Google Chrome, select the web page, then click the End process button. For those who need to go the extra mile, you have “Stats for Nerds”

More news for the techies, Google Chrome uses WebKit, not a new rendering engine to the web. It renders just like Safari. It multi processes all its tabs with separate threads making it more stable and resource efficient in long run. Chrome uses V8 virtual machine to execute javascript. According to one source, “V8 executes JavaScript much much faster than current technologies.” Chrome is open under a BSD License. The name of the project to open-source Google Chrome is Chromium.

The official Google blog announced the Chrome project being available to general public from today. For now only Windows users. Mac and Linux users watch out for updates. You can also check out the comic book explaining Google Chrome from Google.

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  1. David Gerard says:

    “We are so, so happy with Google Chrome,” mumbled Mozilla CEO John Lilly through gritted teeth. “That most of our income is from Google has no bearing on me making this statement.” –

  2. Arul N S says:

    Firefox will stand to lose a lot, if Google withdraws its support… The finances would take a heavy hit….

  3. media boy says:

    i’m willing to try it out just to see if it works more efficiently than FireFox… if it’s faster than Firefox, has tabs and isn’t IE, then it should be perfect

  4. Navjot Singh says:

    Google Chrome is available for download from

    But you will get access only to 474KB online crappy installer.

    Download complete offline installer from

  5. Joe Blow says:

    Google Chrome….what’s the big deal! Tried it, yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn. deleted it, I’m back to Firefox…(just between you and me I use Flock which really is firefox with a twist)

  6. Arul N S says:

    I also use Flock and Firefox… Tried chrome… like the minimalist design… it all depends on it evolves…

  7. Drake Mallard says:

    I’ve tried it. No bad at all… not that great either.

    It’s fast and interface looks good. Tried a couple of sites with embeded Flash, and
    with one of them -which load smoothly on Firefox- Chrome started to work really slow.

    Anyway, it’s still in beta, so lets see what future versions bring on.

    I’ll stick with Firefox+Addons for some time.


  8. Arul N S says:

    I miss most of my extensions… But lets wait..
    Most of the commonly visited sites are loading quite fast without any problems…
    quite a few have some glitches…. i have been using it for quite some time and didn’t have a single crash or freeze till now..
    thats one thing i like…

    V8 is something what we have to look out…
    we might very well be looking out at the future of a Web OS

    Arul N S

  9. John says:

    Did someone bother to read the eula? Yesterday i was considering to report bugs, today, uninstalled it.

    Let’s see…

    “1.1 Your use of Google’s products, software, services and web sites (referred to collectively as the “Services” in this document and excluding any services provided to you by Google under a separate written agreement) is subject to the terms of a legal agreement between you and Google. “Google” means Google Inc.”

    Chrome is google software…now, let’s see what awaits us further…good news on paragraph 9.4:

    9.4 Other than the limited license set forth in Section 11, Google acknowledges and agrees that it obtains no right, title or interest from you (or your licensors) under these Terms in or to any Content that you submit, post, transmit or display on, or through, the Services, including any intellectual property rights which subsist in that Content (whether those rights happen to be registered or not, and wherever in the world those rights may exist). Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with Google, you agree that you are responsible for protecting and enforcing those rights and that Google has no obligation to do so on your behalf.

    This looks cool, we are safe ! but wait…
    “Other than the limited license set forth in Section 11″? what’s that? let’s go check that too…

    11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

    Google now has rights to do whatever they like with EVERYTHING you do in this browser – posts on your blog, web e-mail, ANYTHING you do in Chrome, you give google permission to “reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute”.
    This is far worse that any microsoft eula, and there’s no way i’m gonna install that browser again.

  10. Arul N S says:

    Ok… now thats something… i didn’t go over the eula..

    1. The open source version of chrome will be chromium with a different eula i guess….

    2. i am still recovering from the clause 11.1…. i hope Google comes back on this one…

  11. John says:

    Looks like they were pretty fast at changing the eula. Paragraph 11 now reads:

    11. Content license from you

    11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

  12. microwaver says:

    One problem I had with the browser : don’t use ” % ” in the address bar, or it crashes.

    Not just the tab, but the whole browser.

  13. Arul N S says:

    it does not happen to me… i tried many combinations… but the chrome was intact…

    which site did u try ?

  14. Firefox is slower than Chrome, i realize, but there’s some tab features i can’t do without that only FireFox has

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