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  1. WBF

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    Google has released a beta of their new 'Chrome' browser. Posting using this browser. I am quite, quite pleased thus far. Incredibly fast, and some nifty functionality. Check it out here:

    http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/features.html (Features)

    http://www.google.com/chrome (Download)

     
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  2. Shahar26

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    Do we really need another browser??
    It's hard enough to make website compatible with the browsers that are currently out there....
     
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  3. WBF

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    Oh, by all means. I use Google as a search engine, gmail, and gmail notifier.
     
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  4. Lakoste

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    Chrome is nice, but until add-ons come out for it I'll stick to FF3.
     
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  5. StealthGnome

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    I'm with you.

    I'm definitely trying out Chrome later this week. It's still in beta so I expect the bugs.

    I gotta stick with FF though unless Chrome ports most of my extension.
     
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    I saw some results from some JavaScript/V8 benchmarks, and damn, it's fast.

    That side of it doesn't mean a whole lot to me though. I'm installing it now and I will try it. I highly doubt it's going to take over from FF as my main browser, but I like messing about with alternatives :p
     
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  7. therogerfan

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    I've just tried it , looks easy and simple.
     
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  8. therogerfan

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    For some reason, it downloads everything very slowly.
     
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    I've found another big disadvantage - Youtube doesn't work on Chrome. It just says "Video is no longer available" whatever video you choose.
     
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  10. chrisf

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    I don't know what you're talking about, youtube and any other flash video sights work just fine for me. Overall I'm really liking this browser and have switched to it on my laptop(never got around to updating to ff3). I've always been pretty impressed by google as a company and the speed with which they changed the EULA shows how dedicated they are to not screwing their users over like many, many other companies. Now someone has to tell them to release an OS.
     
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  11. Shahar26

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    I would never trade FF as my main browser to anything that doesn't have an ad blocker
    and a flash blocker, ever since I installed those, browsing the web hasn't been the same....

    I somehow find it unlikely that Google will allow those since ads are their main business.

    I also doubt their intentions, it seems they are just trying to get more and more
    information about where people browse and such to give you "more targeted" ads.
     
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  12. Hot Sauce

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    I downloaded it, but it doesn't seem to have any new features that catch me.
     
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  13. WBF

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    I think it really depends on the user. I visit no sites where ads give me problems, so I have no problems with the browser. I also prefer speedy browsing over the extensive functionality FF3+extensions offer (particularly because of their effect on speed and startup time), as well as the fact that I simply don't need this functionality.

    As for their intentions... I mean... Seriously? They are offering a product that will be directly helpful to many, and indirectly helpful to every single person who keeps their browser reasonably up to date. Hell, Mozilla already responded with improving their javascript speed. Guess what improving the state of browsers does besides helping users? It helps Google, as users access Googles various services through the browser. Oh, and what do you know, it turns out this nice snappy little browser might be helpful for Googles own online apps as well. So what if they glean some help on ads? It's a win win situation for everyone. Who loses? Take off your tinfoil hat please.

    *edit: also this is BS:
    They won't have time for extensions due to development of OS X and Linux variants, as well as other prioritized goals, but they have stated that they will likely develop a system for these (extensions). Sure, they clearly won't release an ad blocker themselves, but not allowing it? That's just silly.
     
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  14. chrisf

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    Ah, the voice of reason. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it completely open source? If google doesn't produce an adblocking extension themselves there will be a whole sea of third party extensions for you I'm sure. And as for the whole "they're just trying to target me for ads!!1" thing, honestly, so what? Instead of looking at ads poorly targeted towards your interests you'll see ads which might actually convince me to click on them.... the horror. It's free, it's open source, it has great functionality, and created by a company with a good track record. I hope it's a huge success.
     
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  16. mabuhay

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    downloaded it yesterday and it seems to be working fine. my only complain is the bookmark. i imported my firefox bookmarks and wanted to organize it but there's no easy way to do it. i've looked on their help page but there's nothing that can help me.
     
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    I downloaded it last night and took it for a quick spin. I'm using it now as I post and so far, I'm impressed. Clean, quick, and stylish. Goodbye IE, as I'm now using FF3 and Chrome. I can't wait to see what the finalized version looks like!
     
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  18. J-man

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    I just downloaded, been using FF3 and enjoy it. I actually don't find it any faster than FF3 and I had trouble scrolling in Chrome. Could only go down.
     
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  19. superstition

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    I use Safari 4 mainly, sometimes with plug-ins disabled to avoid the annoyance of Flash ads. For sites that require Flash, I use Firefox because of the Flashblock add-on. It's a piece of cake to switch back and forth in OS X between the programs. Safari is a great browser that would be almost perfect with Flashblock.
     
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  20. S H O W S T O P P E R !

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    You do know Google keeps records of where you go online and sells it to companies, right? I wouldn't use it because I would be downloading a tracking cookie willingly onto my system.
     
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    Actually, it asks you if you want to supply usage statistics. You can say no.
     
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    google chrome is ok but i prefer netscape navigator because of the temperature in your zip code in the bottom right of the page.
     
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  23. J-man

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    Have been using it for a bout a week now and its pretty decent. though sometimes it can be very slow. But overall its quite fast.
     
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