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A new web browser for Windows get out of beta in 100 days
Published on December 14, 2008 By Himangshu In Personal Computing

In a somewhat unusual move, the Google team decided today to shift its Internet browser, Chrome, out of beta stage, just a hundred days after its debut and shortly after the latest updates of competing browsers such as Opera Browser and Mozilla Firefox.

Google, which has sometimes been criticized for its tendency to leave many of its products in beta stage even when they are already stable and highly reliable, hopes the announcement will help the lightweight browser gain some market share, currently around the 1 percent mark.

To download visit: http://www.google.com/chrome/

Read more at: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/


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on Dec 14, 2008
Have you used it? I'm using it. It's freaking fast, did someone say speed of light is ultimate? At the same time I've noticed that some scripts are not working with it. For example, we can't post any comment in this Wincustomize forum using Chrome.
on Dec 14, 2008

Out of beta already? That's pretty fast for Google. Usually the "beta" tag is permanent for their products.

At the same time I've noticed that some scripts are not working with it.

Yeah, they use a custom JavaScript engine called "V8" that is supposed to be lightning fast. But it's not something that has had a lot of testing on a large scale, so I wouldn't be surprised if it had a lot of bugs.

My biggest question is: Have they improved the security of their browser? There are a lot of privacy and security tweaks that are available in most browsers that the first verison of Chrome didn't have.

on Dec 14, 2008

DL it and it is fast and can comment ok on here.

on Dec 14, 2008

I just updated. Way faster! Videos also play with more stability and speed as well. Feels pretty good.

on Dec 14, 2008
My biggest question is: Have they improved the security of their browser?

I don't find too many options regarding security. What I really like is its speed.

did someone say speed of light is ultimate?
on Dec 14, 2008

I don't find too many options regarding security. What I really like is its speed.

Yeah, that's a bit of a problem - Chrome was a bit of a mixed bag for security. They got the architecture right, but the UI for handling security needed work.

Good to hear it's fast, though. That, plus I liked the way you could detach and reattach tabs.

on Dec 14, 2008

I had it for a while when it was in beta.  It wasn't any faster than Opera (my current browser), and when it came to skinning...Chrome was undependable.  That current blue folder look is ugly.  I played around with some of the skinning options for Chrome, but they would crash, and anytime there were new skins available, I had to uninstall Chrome and reinstall in order to make the new skin function.  Too much of a hassle.  Opera takes whatever Windowblind I happen to be using at the time with no problems.

Of course, I still have to have IE for work applications and for the occasional website that requires it, but for all my "fun time" on the net, I use Opera.

on Dec 14, 2008

Does it spy at you like their search mashine does?

on Dec 14, 2008

Bodyless
Does it spy at you like their search mashine does?

They've got more than their search engine at work on your dossier. The Google Analytics stuff is just creepy, and getting darned near as ubiquitous as doubleclick.net tracking cookies. We really need a Digital Millenium User Rights Act that makes privacy the default and requires explicit, well-informed opt-in when organizations want to store user info and track their behavior. We mostly have to opt-out now, and that doesn't always work as well as you might hope.

on Dec 14, 2008

sad to say i dropped it. when i saw that the browser didnt have a cool tool bar only tabs..i was immediately turned off by it. back to FF and opera!.. perhaps within a year or two, ill return to chrome, not until then

on Dec 14, 2008

Whoopeee!  Can I be the first in line not to use it?  Pretty please?

on Dec 14, 2008

Whoopeee! Can I be the first in line not to use it? Pretty please?

 

i don't see why not . i tried it ,it kept losing all my bookmarks and i couldn't use  the forums at wc at all  back to ff for now

on Dec 14, 2008

Meh

on Dec 14, 2008

Can I be the first in line not to use it?

You might not be the first. From the first time I saw a browser created by the biggest online advertising company I was suspicious and have stayed well away from it

on Dec 16, 2008
i couldn't use the forums at wc at all
That's very much true.

Moreover I can't customize it as I want.

Necessary security settings that I need to change specially about cookies and scripts are not available.

The only good feature is its speed.

But, is this speed due to compromise the security? That means as security checks are not there, it can browse at a higher speed. I'm not sure, but just suspecting that it's very much possible. What you say?