Google Chrome, Out of Beta. Will That Be Enough?

24 thoughts on “Google Chrome, Out of Beta. Will That Be Enough?”

  1. The problems with Chrome that I experienced were:

    1) Crashing quite frequently.
    2) Failing to render all websites correctly – even sites that show up fine in IE6 & 7 and FF.

    Until they fix those there’s no point in Chrome.

  2. Personally, until Chrome releases an addon system that can either use the addons from FF or have addons for their browser, I won’t be making the switch. I simply can’t live without my addons from FireFox.

  3. I wouldn’t count Google out yet. IE 1.0 (yes, I actually used it!) was a terrible browser compared to Netscape. But by 4.0, they were about even in market share, and when IE released 5.0 and Netscape was still on 4.5, it was clear Microsoft had won.

    This is quite a decent 1.0 effort. If Google thinks it’s important enough to continue to commit developer time to, we may well see it eclipse other browsers by version 3 or 4.

    -Erica

  4. @Erica and others,

    No one said that they need to get as big as IE – what is the issue right now is the slowing growth in its market share — they need to be thinking about that as well as fixing all sorts of problems and bugs and improvements they need to be making.

    I say this because as a company they have a mixed track record of being able to push things hard and make them a success.

    @Erica, I certainly hope they give Microsoft and others a run for their money. Nothing improves browsers than a real competitor. We say that happen with IE 4 when Netscape became bloatware, we say that with re-surgent Firefox and then Safari and now hopefully Chrome.

  5. I tried Chrome simply because the CEO of my company uses it. He’s one of the .01% of our traffic that uses it so we had to test it out. It’s sad that while i’m browsing 5 sites each site spawns a new process taking up 30,000K each while IE7 uses 38,000K for all the sites under its browser. Not saying IE8 did much better, but i’ll never use Chrome. We told the CEO to accept the lack of support as we don’t plan on considering it a viable browser anytime in the near future.

  6. Hmm, what constitutes a better browser?
    Mosaic was better then any X-Windows browser I had used because of inline graphics.
    IE just took over because it was free and came with the OS, while Netscape couldn’t figure out how to make money from it’s browser and how to build a paltform.
    FF is gaining ground because of neglect on Microsoft’s part for IE in terms of security and missing add-ons.
    My guess is people using FF because they can make it “better” for them because they can pick and choose which add-ons to use.
    Never used Chrome, why should I?
    What’s better for me, not Google?

  7. A critical mistake by Google was to release it on Windows first and not the Mac. The early adopter crowd and the unencumbered geek elite are on macs nowadays Google. In fact prominent bloggers had to switch to virtualization / scurry around for a windows box to try the browser out.

    Sure I see why Google would be hesitant to put out another webkit browser on the mac, but not doing so turned out to be a big marketing failure.

    Once it catches on in the mac world then the real majority i.e. Windows users would start trying it because of the buzz. Anyway I see another bump for Chrome when the mac version releases, most people really interested in Chrome were on the mac anyway…

    But long term – Chrome needs to think about how they are different from Firefox. Ronald@ hits it right on the head – Whats new for the user? Why should a user switch. I think there are some small features, just that Google has not done a good job of explaining about why people should switch

  8. Chrome has been my primary browser for about 6 weeks. It does what I need a browser to do better than IE7, IE8, Safari, and FF3. No doubt it’s imperfect…what software isn’t? I am an agnostic software user. No religious platform wars for me, thank you. Open source vs proprietary–Mac vs PC–Microsoft vs Google–on and on…I don’t care. I just use the best available products to do what I need to do. Chrome is simply the best browser I’ve ever used.

  9. Where is the god forsaken mac version of chrome.

    What is taking Google so long.

    I hope this moribund start teaches Google a lesson.

    Always start with Mac Users.

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