If you've been living under a rock for the past week - or maybe just been on holiday - you might not've heard about Google's new web browser called Google Chrome. Chrome is a direct competitior to other browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
The first I heard about Google Chrome was on Techcrunch the day before it was revealed, and then one of the guys at work downloaded it the next day. News sources all over the place were raving about it - which just shows you the what a link on the homepage of Google can do.
As for Chrome itself, there's a few things I really like about it - like no total-browser crashes, better performance, its own task manager and the fact that it uses the Webkit rendering engine - which is the same as the one used by the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). Oh, and the fact that I don't have to endure repeated crashes all day long - like I do with Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Can Chrome replace browser x?Not right now - I don't think. It's certainly fast and pretty, but for me there's a good deal of things it can't do that other browsers can do. Like RSS feeds, or the development plugins that I use at work. These things might be 3rd party extensions to my other browser, but at least they're there. As soon as I can however, I can see myself switching default browsers.
Of course, Chrome is still in Beta so it'll be exciting to see it when it goes Gold...