Google's new (but slightly unpolished) Chrome browser
Tuesday, September 2, 2008, saw the release of a new Web browser from Google. For reasons unknown, it is called Chrome, and can be downloaded here. (It appears that, so far, only Windows Vista & XP users may partake.)
Google offers a nice confusing explanation of how it's different from other browsers by using a completely incongruent and unhelpful comic-book tutorial, but I'm afraid that most readers won't understand what on earth they're talking about or why any of it matters.
The gist: Chrome handles memory better, and can clear out unnecessary or unused areas of your computer's memory very quickly, which the traditional browsers aren't very good at. Chrome also isolates individual elements of pages, so that if one starts to act up, it can terminate that one process rather than the traditional browser response of shutting down every instance it can.
Definitely, Chrome needs work. Full integration with other Google services (like a right-click menu that includes a "send to > Gmail" link) would certainly be nice. Google also freely admits in its nice little comic book that Chrome won't necessarily work with all Web pages. And, from what I understand, the history doesn't comunicate well when you're using multiple instances of the program. However, I trust that the Chrome team at Google will integrate these sorts of things very quickly.
The customizable bookmarks bar is a nice touch, and importation of bookmarks from Internet Explorer was a cinch. Chrome has tabs, and even has an "incognito mode" - where your browser history doesn't record or track the sites you visit, presumably so that those pesky partners or parents can't tell where you've been or figure out what you've been up to.
While I hope the Google Chrome team soon integrates the other Google services and amalgamates the history settings across multiple instances, I have to admit that after only about two hours using it, I think that I'm already sold.
By the way: This entry was written using Chrome.