Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Review: Google Chrome and Others

I was keep checking chrome website to download Google’s new browser. It was night 12:19AM when chrome was available for download. I installed it and used for half an hour. My first impression was - “Neat”. I pretty much liked the way tabs are placed by pushing URL bar inside each tab, wider space for HTML page display making status bars small and toggling, download utility with resume, unified search and URL bar, all menu are grouped under two buttons sitting next to the URL bar, good speed, I didn’t find any web site ‘breaking’…I just felt it was worth waiting till mid night.

Chrome handles tabs different than FireFox. Each tab in chrome is hosted on separate process; this makes browser stand stable even one of its tabs crash. New Internet Explorer 8 is also handling tabs this way under the hood.

My next observation was on memory consumption comparison between Chrome, IE8, FF3.1 for given same set of web sites.


Chrome used Approx. 62 MB, IE8 Approx. 89 MB, FF31 Approx. 56 MB.
Difference is not big between FF and Chrome, but IE8 needs some more optimization.

The browser war is now much more heated up. Though Microsoft Internet Explorer is controlling 78% of browser market share, it has to struggle more to retain. FireFox is secure, mature, growing and there are clear notion of Chrome becoming one more dominant browser.



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