I’ve been playing around with Chrome for a short while now, but I know enough to say this:
I cannot vouch for stability as it has been literally minutes since I’ve downloaded it. But there are new and clever features (not gimmicks).
- The Crash Control is already 100% smarter than the rather stupid “restore previous session” that you find in Firefox. (including a Task Manager for your browser. Is the browser an OS?)
- Incognito mode looks smart (IE 8.0 also implements this).
- A start page!
- The other thing I really hate about Firefox / IE, the stupid “download manager”, well that’s gone.
- The developer tools look decent.
I’m sure this is only the tip of the iceberg, but I’m really excited about this. Well done Google. I hope FF can weather the storm.
Don’t forget that apart from the technology factor, Google also help to fund Mozilla, this is no big secret, Time put it very nicely:
Google has long been a patron of its open-source browser, and pays a kind of “click back” to Mozilla for directing its 200 million users to Google search. In 2006, the last time Mozilla released its numbers on the subject, Google had paid the company $65 million.
So quite how that relationship stands now is anyone’s guess, but it cannot be good news for Mozilla Firefox.
Like I said earlier today, Firefox is gonna get a beating.