Google Chrome Test Drive – First Thoughts
Ian Lurie Sep 2 2008
This is a live narration of my first test of Google Chrome:
No Mac version? WTH?!!!!….
OK, I’ll try it in Parallels (Windows running on my Mac):
…Google Reader load times are faster as well, by about 50%.
Checking memory usage. Check this out. Chrome launches a separate process for each tab:
Installing Flash now. Google Chrome seems OK with it. Gives me a handy little confirmation button:
Mental note: Don’t start up 5 YouTube videos at once when running Chrome in Parallels.
Signing off for a bit to do real work…
I’m not sure Google Chrome itself is going to have that big an impact: Average users aren’t going to flock over to Google to download the browser.
Google Chrome will spawn a lot of innovation, though. It’s totally open source, it’s clearly very lean (and easy to work with), it’s blazing fast and it integrates other Google technologies like Gears.
If enough developers embrace Chrome as a platform, we might be seeing the beginning of the Google Operating System in earnest.
But, Google will have to compete with other browsers, like Internet Explorer and Firefox. It will also have to compete with other web application platforms, like AIR.
We’ll see. Chrome is clearly a very strong entry into the browser market. But I wouldn’t worry about testing websites in it for a few months.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More