Google Chrome for Mac: First Impressions
Beta version of the browser is lacking some features and it suffers from a few hiccups. Still, it's a good start.
While Chrome doesn't usually have a problem with video, you might run into a snag from time to time. For example, I wasn't able to see CBS News videos with Chrome, but had no problem viewing those same videos with Firefox. Chrome also had a problem with an online premium video service I subscribe to, so be prepared for the odd snag like this from time to time.
Stuff to Love
Chrome is pretty fast, although I wasn't particularly blown away with its speed as some others are reporting. In fact, Chrome is a little bit slower than Safari but twice as fast as Firefox, according to Computerworld.
One of the top features of Chrome is that you never have to worry about waiting for your browser to install an update. Chrome handles all updates in the background and these changes never once interrupted my Web browsing. In fact, you will probably never notice when the browser updates unless some new features suddenly appear. But if you ever want to check that your version of Chrome is up to date just click on the 'Chrome' menu item and click on 'About Chrome.'
Chrome is all about search
If you're new to Chrome, a great little feature you might like is the ability to quickly search select sites and use any search engine you want without adjusting your preferences. Just start typing the URL for the desired search engine or Website into the address bar (Google calls it the Omnibox), and, once auto complete fills in the complete address, press the tab button. This will bring up a prompt to let you know you are using the alternate search engine instead of Google. You can use this function to search Amazon, Ask, Bing, eBay, YouTube, Wikipedia (to trigger Wikipedia I had to type in en.wikipedia.com), and more. If the search trick doesn't work, watch the auto complete bar below the Omnibox, Chrome should give you an option to search the specific site you're looking for.
Although it's is missing some key features, overall, Chrome is a great browser and well worth checking out.
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