Google finally released Chrome, their new (and long rumored) browser yesterday so I had to take it for a quick spin at work. My initial reaction is that it’s a pretty solid and fast beta. Its biggest flaw at the moment is that it’s Windows only right now, but there’s a lot to like otherwise. Things that I like:
- Tabbed interface – every tab gets its own address bar and can be easily moved around
- Sandboxing – every tab/page is kept in its own process/memory sandbox and a bad page can’t take down the whole browser.
- Efficient – memory management is really good.
- WebKit based – builds on all the quality open source work that Apple has done with Safari.
- Open Source – innovations should trickle down throughout the rest of the industry.
- IE 8 just became that much more irrelevant.
- Evan Martin – I’ve been reading this guy’s LiveJournal for years so it’s really cool to find out he’s directly involved in the project a developer.
- Scott McCloud comic – I can’t think of a cooler way to introduce the features.