Google sure knows how to light up the news sites and blogosphere – release a brand new Web browser! Called Chrome, it’s Google’s foray into a once-crowded market that is now dominated by just 2 players (at least on Windows) – Microsoft and Mozilla.
Everyone else has reported on and given their opinion, so why not another?! I did download and test out Chrome. I would have been disappointed if I was not impressed by at least one feature of a brand new Google product and the big G did not let me down.
So having said all of these very positive things about Chrome, sadly, I’m not about to switch any time soon. Firefox is more than just a browser to me – it’s a platform. My approximately 2 dozen extensions turn it into this environment that I use to help me fine-tune and more efficiently navigate the Web. A great example is that I’m writing this blog entry using ScribeFire. While you can argue that it’s not the best tool, I contend that it works best for me, so it is.
But do download and give Chrome a shot. You’ll be glad you did. I’m curious to know if you return to Firefox (or not).
By the way, I spoke with a Google employee today who jokingly asked me if Chrome would take over the world. I thought about it and realized that Google could reasonably hope to get half of Firefox’s share, but making a dent in IE’s stranglehold on the majority of people who use their computers in the default configuration is obviously difficult. FF is still only at 20% market share and it’s not growing the way it should considering for how long FF has been the superior browser.
I do hope that Brin and company were serious in saying that they would continue working closely with Firefox. Perhaps there’s a XUL-based Firefox with a Chrome heart in our futures!