We could be talking about Ellen Page’s quirky character Juno MacGuff, but we’re not. Instead, we’re talking about Google’s new lightweight, fast, and pretty stable browser, Chrome. Currently it’s the fastest browser on the planet – by far. If you’re running a Windows PC and want to see what all the buzz is about, download a beta copy. Then strap yourself in, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
Why Chrome and why now? The ease of downloading and setup, the lure of speed (especially with Google Apps) and the ability to gain firsthand knowledge of something everyone will be talking about for months and years to come. To ease the transition, stored favorites and passwords can instantly be copied in from IE and Firefox. And like most of Google’s “beta” versions, it’s pretty stable.
Longer term, Chrome’s open architecture is bound to germinate a gazillion 3rd party enhancements and provide a viable alternative for business people looking to lower the cost of maintaining their desktops.
Will Microsoft take Chrome lying down? Doubt it. Redmond is sure to challenge Google’s plan for world dominance.