Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. It has one box for everything: Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. Will give you thumbnails of your top sites; Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.
Reviewing 25.0.1364.97 (Feb 22, 2013)
Once again there is no 64 bit version. Oracle's 64 bit Java is not compatible.
Reviewing 20.0.1132.47 (Jun 29, 2012)
Reviewing 18.0.1025.151 (Apr 12, 2012)
I'm very suspicious of Google's collection and use of data. That said, I can't bring myself to drop Chrome. My set of plug-ins has rendered FF to slow for everyday use (I use it as a tool when I need those extensions). I also use Camino for certain accounts and uses, but Chrome is my primary browser. It is fast, works seamlessly with all content and makes things easy.
As far as cons, I don't think bookmark management or bookmarking are as simple as they should be.
In addition to the advantages mentioned above, I love the translation feature and the pop-up location bar.
Reviewing 22.214.171.124.5 Pre-Alpha (Feb 6, 2010)
This reviews Chrome 5.0.307.5 dev version. Not sure why it is not here instead of the outdated alpha.
Google Chrome has the speed of Safari -- they share the same engine -- with the extendability of Firefox. Both Chrome and Safari are speed demons when compared with Firefox which was once my default browser. I put up with the lower speed because of one extension: HyperWords which is now running on Chrome.
For those still not familiar with extensions, suffice it to say that they provide useful practical enhancements to the browsing experience. Just about everyone can find at least one extension that really fills a need. I've installed nine extensions. Four of them -- HyperWords, Google Translator, Read It Later Local, and bit.ly -- are absolutely invaluable to me and the way I work.
Google's answer to Safari's "private browsing" feature is "Incognito Windows" where your browsing history and searches are deleted immediately upon closing the window. Each Chrome window, whether standard or incognito, can hold literally dozens of tabbed pages. These will reload upon starting a new session if the option is selected in Preferences.
Yes, Firefox was once the leader in extensions. There are tens of thousands available at the FF site. And the same for Grease Monkey scripts. But now the same can be said for Google Chrome. Custom looks, through the Themes feature, are a snap to install...while you watch.
If speed, customization AND stability are important to you, Google Chrome should be your default browser. And with version 5.0.307.5 dev, the Mac Chrome browser development has (I think) caught up to the Windows versions.
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