CEO at Econsultancy
03 September 2008 13:50pm
Have you tried out Google Chrome, Google's new browser yet? (you can get it at http://www.google.com/chrome)
My first impressions are very good:
- Faster than Firefox (and I ditched IE largely because Firefox is much quicker)
- I like the fact that a lot of the 'chrome' at the top of most browsers (toolbars, buttons etc.) has been stripped away as it means most websites' content is now higher 'above the fold'.
- Incognito feature allowing "anonymous" browsing is good.
- Merging the search field and the URL address field is sensible
It will be interesting to see take up, but certainly looks like yet another Microsoft-equivalent-killer...
Director at Watson Hall Ltd
03 September 2008 16:13pm
A brave early adopter? It might be worth waiting for a more stable version to make sure that any vulnerabilities are dealt with. Two recent problems are:
Recommendation: don't rush into new technology until it's been tested adequately.
Technical DirectorWatson Hall Ltd for website security
03 September 2008 16:43pm
Yes, crazy early adopter me ;)
IE used to crash on me the whole time even after many years of being "out there" so I'm taking my chances. I've still got Firefox to fall back on if it goes too pear-shaped...
BTW, I guess you'll know this... How will Chrome show up in our web analytics information (i.e. called what / named as what? Some variant of Safari...?)
Director of Product Development at Econsultancy
03 September 2008 17:18pm
I think it currently shows up as Firefox.
As a publisher, one of the most pressing issues is this, found in the Chrome T&Cs:
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.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.
11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.
11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.
03 September 2008 17:29pm
Yes, its a Safari variant:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.X.Y.Z Safari/525.13
Websites that render correctly in Safari should also be okay in Chrome.
03 September 2008 18:03pm
Nice. So anything you publish via Chrome - including, presumably, adding content to your CMS, updating user details in your CRM system, making changes to your bank account (all via the browser aka Chrome) - also then becomes Google's to re-publish, alter, and generally do whatever they want with.
Not the least bit worrying then.
Freelance Web Consultant at architxt.net
04 September 2008 02:14am
I like it. It's simple and fast and not bloated by a million features I never use.
I tested out IE8 and it depressed me. I had to revert to IE7 mode (within IE8) as the IE8 mode didn't quite agree with a couple of sites of mine.
I think Microsoft will end up paying dearly for not developing browsers that are not 100% compatible with W3C standards.
If MS lose a substantial amount of market share to Chrome and alternative browsers, their online presence will look very very weak.
Web Marketing Manager at www.venuebirmingham.com
04 September 2008 09:15am
As a browser - I think it looks excellent.
As a plank in Google's attempt to gain monopoly control over everything on the net - it is also excellent - from Google's point of view that is...
I'll continue to use FireFox as my default browser; since Google made a total mockery of "Don't be evil" I just cannot be a Google fanboy anymore.
Digital Marketing Consultant, Trainer, Author and Speaker at SmartInsights.com
04 September 2008 09:20am
That was an error in the T&Cs - it now says:
"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."
Matt Cutts has a good rebuttal of all the privacy, etc complaints and details on user agents etc at:
Dr Dave Chaffey
Communication Director at ARC world wide
04 September 2008 10:02am
i think its extermely good as we can create faster flash solutions
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