Google Chrome Impressions
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5:45:20 AM
It's been pretty stable. I could change my search engine, so I guess I was too paranoid there. I really like the layout where the tabs are placed where the window title bar usually is. The interface in general is simple... too simple, perhaps? It reminds me of the Google Talk client where it still lacks the option to set the recieved files destination. Of course, some of this can be attributed to Chrome being in alpha, but I'm afraid that it might go the way of Google Talk. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I'd like to have more options on pretty much everything.
For now, I don't see it as a real competitor to Firefox or IE, but that might change if Google starts pushing it to consumers through TV ads and OEM installs, though I doubt that Google is aiming for a big slice of browser market share. I believe they just want to have an influence on how the other browsers implement standards. With a small market share comprised of more technical users and the weight of Google behind it, Google will be able to rapidly develop and implement standards they choose in Chrome and steer, or at least heavily influence, the development of other browsers such as Opera, IE, and Firefox.