Google Chrome Beta is out and it is LOUD! Most of the time, when I download a new browser I am very suspicious and this is no exception.
Currently I am using this browser at this time to write this article, use Google Maps to plan a route, listening to the Barista Exchange podcast, look at my Gmail, Google Reader, Twitter, a Flightsim forum, and look at my WordPress dashboard.
When Google talks trash about multithreading, it isn’t a joke. When doing similiar task in my beloved Firefox, FF will slow my computer to a crawl. Chrome is independently resourcing for each tab, just as if each tab were not only a seperate window of a program, but a seperate program all together! IMHO, I wish FF was like this, but alas, I guess somebody has to do it first. This browser is fast and I do mean fast! It was meant for multithreading, multitasking and heavy webpages. Webpages like Barista Exchange, gmail, google maps and such are an immediate drain on a computer, but Chrome seems to plow through with little, if any, noticible let down in the speed of the computer.
Yes, Chrome is lacking a lot, but grant them that it is a beta. And you know how Google works: things stay in beta forever. An API will be forthcoming very soon which will allow independent developers to work with code, which I think is the only thing that made FF as big as it is.
There are some downsides, but I think Google will attack these problems quickly. And the “problems” I speak of are just lack of features and I assure you that will evolve quickly.
Check out the Google Chrome site ASAP!