When the Internet is in full blown hype mode I usually don’t even bother to blog about it. But this I thought I’d make an exception on this one
However, I haven’t even downloaded Chrome yet! (I have seen it in action though – some people can’t wait!)
However, a few things caught my eye
Didn’t fully appreciate this when I first read about it but the Gmail blog explains it well
If you use Gmail or Google reader (or whatever) you can create an application shortcut. The idea is that when the browser opens the page it gets rid of the all the interface elements that remind you that your working in a browser (tabs, address bar, etc) so that it looks like a regular “desktop” application
Google Gears (or just Gears as it’s now known)
When I first read about Google gears I didn’t pay it any serious attention. My initial thoughts were “offline access? if I was that bothered about offline access to my RSS feeds I’d use a desktop app!”
I know realise i was missing the point. As well as doing lots of caching to help speed things up it’s also a local database engine. The web developer can shift some of the database load to the client and help prevent lots of trips back to the server (vastly simplified I know!)
The thing here though is that it’s built into the browser. Previously you had to download as an add-in for your preferred browser and I never got around to it. Have you?
So what’s my point?
Well I don’t really have one. As I said these features jumped out at me. They are pretty unique to Chrome. Things like tabs in separate processes, sandboxes, incognito mode, crash control and the like are appearing in the “other browsers” already
That said if you put all three of these features together and then use some of Google’s apps it could make for an interesting experience
I’m a pretty heavy user of Google reader, regular user of Gmail and occasional user of Google docs
I could still keep my preferred browser (if I wanted to) and install chrome then setup application shortcuts and use chrome just for using my google apps
I’ll get speed increases, offline access and it will behave in a similar way to a desktop program so they is a chance I wont even notice I’m using a browser!
Anyway just thinking out loud
I wont be installing it on my main machines just yet due to it’s brand new beta status, security flaw and questionable EULA
My poor old laptop is looking like a candidate though
If you want another opinion on Chrome, Vlad obviously has one (which is definitely worth a read) so take a look here