I’ve been playing with the new Google Chrome web browser over the past few days and I’m impressed. It’s fast, clean and I really like the combo search and address box. It means you don’t have to differentiate between doing a web search or entering a URL, you just type in the required text and boom, the browser goes off and returns the right content. Very slick.
It desperately needs plugins though, because every Firefox user relies on at least one extension which they can’t do without. For me it’s Tab Mix Plus (I can’t do without automatic new tabs popping open), so I won’t be swapping browsers until I get the same functionality.
One great feature though is the ability to create desktop icons for web apps. I’ve already got Gmail running as a standalone app on my desktop and it’s made me seriously think about moving away from the Thunderbird email client for the first time. The only problem is I’m not sure if I can put up with the clunky Gmail interface, as I’m really used to folders now (and date sorted messages). Ah well…I’ll play around a little more. Unfortunately Google Gears won’t install for me either, so I can’t check to see whether it’s possible to use the new Gmail offline yet. Rats.
Oh…and here’s the Open Source version, Chromium.