Google recently released their new web browser called Chrome, which from the info on their web site, is a completely new browser designed for speed and reliability. If you want to try it out on your Windows system, you can download it from this link.
I downloaded Chrome on my laptop last night and gave it a test run. It has a very minimalistic appearance, without the traditional menu bar that we see on nearly all applications. It is touted as being fast, but I didn’t see much of a difference from FireFox (which I’ve been using for the last few years). Since I’m comfortable with FireFox, I probably won’t mess with Chrome unless I read more about how well it works for others.
It doesn’t surprise me the Google is coming out with their own browser. Microsoft is copying Google (trying to get into the ads business), and Google is now copying Microsoft with a new browser. Sometimes I think Google is trying to show up Microsoft, demonstrating that they can create better software at a much quicker pace. And if we look at the Microsoft-Google scorecard, we see the following:
- Google: Android OS (soon to be released)
- Microsoft: Windows Mobile OS
Web Search engines:
- Google: google, of course!
- Microsoft: Windows Live Search
- Google: Google Maps
- Microsoft: Windows Live Maps
- Google: Online Java-based Word processing, Spreadsheets, etc.
- Microsoft: PC-Based Microsoft Office Applications
- Google: web-based gmail
- Microsoft: hotmail and msn email
I’m sure there’s more comparisons, but it’s clear that Google and Microsoft are competing in the same industry space. And that’s good, since that brings competition and should foster better and cheaper products.
As a side note, several years ago I was fed up with the constant crashing and slowness of the Windows 95 OS. So, I embarked on investigating other available OSes that could run on my 386-based PC clone system. I looked at the new BeOS and different variations of Linux, and I ended up coming full circle back to Microsoft Windows. At that time, it was the most complete OS available that simply worked. Sure, I needed to reboot my PC daily and applications would lock up, etc., but it was worse using the other OSes that I investigated. Of course, I could have gone the Apple Mac route, but at that time it would have been a big investment to make the change. So, even though people bash Microsoft for their OS and applications, in my opinion they still have the best available products.
So far as Google, from my own experiences and from what I’ve read in reviews, their stuff seems to be in a “almost there” state. They just need a little bit more to put them over the top. Hopefully, they will get there and I’ll be using more of their products, but until then I’ll stay with the traditional Microsoft tools.