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Google's new Web browser, Chrome, is key to the company's push to connect its myriad Web offerings and become an integrated online service provider. That said, writing it off a month after its release -- based partly on figures that show a decline in downloads -- seems more Schadenfreude than sober analysis. Chrome's share of the overall market peaked on Sept. 4 at 1.16 percent, according to NetApplications. By Oct. 5, that number had dropped to 0.81 percent. Usage appears to have stabilized at about .7 percent.
For myself, all of the detractions pale into insignificance simply due to two things. Chrome is far and away faster than every other browser ! It handles Java rendering faster AND better than nearly every other browser !
Did I mention it is FAST ?
Stand alone browsers have their own benefits. The program downloads and installs in seconds. If more people actually gave it a try, no doubt many of them would become converts. And duh, but the computer can use more than one browser ! Firefox's addons, extensions, etc are wonderful. You can use both !
And finally, Internet Explorer's ability to render Java is insufferable. I.E. is the Model T. Chrome is the Corvette. That alone will keep it on my computer. Oh, almost forgot. Look at your Task Manager sometime when heavily using I.E. Notice that you have say ten windows open, but the T.M. shows 13 instances of I.E. That never happens with Chrome. Google's comic explains the nuts and bolts of why this is so.
Nothing however prepares you for how incredibly fast Chrome is.
Schadenfreude is defined as "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others."