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    Thumbs up Google Chrome Browser - Reviews & Features

    Folks, this is not a deep guide on Google Chrome.Also I have taken some part from Google Chrome website.This is just for the basic info about Google Chrome..

    The first version of Google Chrome is available to download now. A lot has been written about Google Chrome in the last few hours and it might be a solid rival to the browser giants Firefox and Internet Explorer.

    New features of Google Chrome:

    1.New Tab Page: For the first look it looks much like a Opera feature. According to Google, new tab page let's you see a visual sampling of your most visited sites, most used search engines, and recently bookmarked pages and closed tabs.

    2.Application Shortcuts: This feature directly loads your favorite online applications. You can create a shortcut as follows:
    #Go to Page menu and select Create application shortcuts
    #select the checkboxes where you want shortcuts to be placed on your computer(Desktop,Start Menu, Quick Launch Bar).

    3.Dynamic Tabs: This is really an awesome feature. Dynamic Tab feature let's you drag tabs out of the browser to create a new window. You can even gather multiple tabs into one window or arrange your tabs according to your wish.

    4.Crash Control:In the Google Chrome each tab run independently in the browser, there by reducing the chances of crash of all the tabs if one application crashes at any time.

    5.Incognito Mode: Web pages that you open and files downloaded while you are incognito won't be logged in your browsing and download histories; all new cookies are deleted after you close the incognito window.

    6.Safe Browsing: By the help of this feature, Chrome warns the user if the user is opening a unsafe website.



    7.Task Manager:Google Chrome has it's own Task Manager which lets you kill any non-responsive tabs instantly.

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    It is available for download in 100 countries from HERE.

    See features HERE.

    Read features HERE.

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    My bad..Forgot to add download like for Chrome..Posted it night 2AM..
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    Thanks for the links..

    It looks promising...Cool features..

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    I wrote this last night after trying it:

    First 10 minutes with Chrome:

    Chrome is a shameless copy.

    The speed dial - Opera

    The address bar - IE 8 + FF3

    Incognito - Safari & IE 8

    Tabs as separate processes - IE 8

    The name Chrome - Microsoft's codename for a multimedia browser years back.

    Chrome consumes less memory (really very less) as compared to the resource hog - Firefox 3.

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    Really? Didnt know about Chrome being an MS codename. Thanx.

    Folks say its light and fast. Also see Serious Security Flaw in Google Chrome.

    Update: Chrome is the code name for the software, which Microsoft representatives described as a "Windows system service." It will take advantage of Direct3D, Microsoft's current 3D graphics API (application programming interface), and give CD-ROM, DVD, and Web developers a software layer that understands 3D commands and plays them back. CNet.

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    Marry Jo Foley said on her blog that it was a Multimedia Browser Technology being developed by Microsoft.

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    The name Chrome - Microsoft's codename for a multimedia browser years back.
    Thanks for the info...!

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    Hey Guys,

    I already have installed it and its working fine.

    It is quite different browser as compare to Firefox and IE.

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    Default Google Chrome - New web browser from Google



    Google Chrome, a browser from those who are known to give big hits to the web industry. Google Chrome, an open source web browser which promises to give what our favorites are not delivering. We have seen the development and market penetration of Mozilla FireFox over Microsoft Internet Explorer and now we are having another new and promising browser entering the market.

    Though many feels the product is more like Mozilla Code (FireFox family) but actually its lot more closer to Apple’s Safari browser.

    Let’s learn more about this new browser Chrome,



    Simple Interface : Clean and simple interface, within a second you can understand that Google has assigned all available space for the work pane, hence your work area by default is the largest in all available browser.

    The product is very simple to use for both end customers. For example Internet Explorer and also it (the interface) never makes you feel uncomfortable if you are a Safari or FireFox user.

    Personally I am really happy to see that importance is given in the work pane. Just one problem which personally I am facing with higher resolution is the gap between the the Refresh and Go button !! It takes a lot of mouse movement if you are using 1440×900 or higher resolution to swap between GO and REFRESH buttons.

    Empty TAB, full of important information : A new tab is just not an empty tab, it holds important tools full of information for which we would actually open a new tab.



    To begin with, a new TAB would hold an easy to navigate bookmark bar where you can few your bookmarks categorically. The bookmark bar is followed by the thumbnail view of most recent web sites which you have visited. Next in line is your full history with an option to search within it.

    You may now use your address bar itself as the search pane.



    Another cool feature is, you can drag a TAB out from the Google Chrome window and that TAB would now become a separate window of itself. Read more about TABs in Google Chrome.

    Downloading a File : Some new thinking here also. Default location of your downloads are Desktop and when you start a download you may view the status at bottom of that TAB.



    Thing to note is your download stays with the TAB from which it is been initiated, so as your switch TAB the download wont be visible any more allowing you to use the available space as work space for your web page in the switched TAB.

    With Google search is every where, so with download pane too, as you click show all downloads a new TAB opens with information about all downloads and option to search within them.

    Read more about Downloads in Google Chrome.

    The cool Task Manager : So many times we have faced this issue with Tabbed browsing that one of our TAB becomes unresponsive and which may force us you close the full window.



    With Google Chrome we get to have a mini Task Manager for the browser to solve these issue of unresponsive TABs. You can right click in title bar or hit keyboard shortcut “Shift+Esc” to launch the task manager of Google Chrome.

    http://www.chotocheeta.com/wp-conten..._chrome_06.jpg

    The Incognito mode : A new feature, offering you to browse without keeping any record about that activity in browser history or files related to it in temp locations.

    Removing individual passwords : Some thing which many IE users miss. A way to delete individual password stored in browser.



    Google Chrome offers you to select, view and delete saved password for individual web pages.

    Playing with the bookmarks : Bookmarks are the easiest and fastest way to navigate your way in this vast field of internet and web site, so many content spread in so many web site. Thus bookmarks are really important for us to enable as to save the location of your destination and later on find it with a single click.



    Google Chrome offers us easy to edit and personalize the view of our bookmarks, read more about how to play with the settings.

    Your Keyboard shortcuts : Plenty of them, read them here.

    Major Down sides

    No Extensions : As of now one immediate down side would be the fact of missing extensions. One of the main reason for FireFox to succeed is the availability of so many extensions which help us to personalize our browser to suite our browsing needs. Google Chrome as of now do note support extensions.

    Cant find print preview : Well guys, I have searched a lot but cant locate any option for print preview. Personally I would love to see the option present allowing us to edit the margin / page size / page type / etc print related setup. In this regard I would point that I personally really like the print preview option for Internet Explorer !!

    But we can rest assure that as its an open source product and big house as Google is behind it, we would see many more features and off course vast number of extensions to be available as it goes on through its beta period towards the final launch.

    Finally, though there is nothing really special about it, but the simplicity and ability to complete all task with that simplicity is making me like it !!

    So go on and give the browser a try. See if it impresses you or not.

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    Nice Review .... Thanks for sharing

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