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Browser war

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

It is official now: Google has launched its browser called 'Chrome'. With this, the browser war between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Google's Chrome has turned from the proxy war tactic led by Google on behalf of Firefox Mozilla to a full scale war. Google and Microsft are now face to face.

Browser, which is the gateway for anyone to go online, is big, lucrative business. Here, stakes are high, neither Microsoft nor online marketing giant Google would love to leave this space. Losing and winning, for both of them carry extreme repercussions.

However, here in this article we will not be delving on the browser war, its business impact. But on the newly launch Chrome, its usability from the perspective of an online user.

Google's product and not being tested by millions of Google worshippers! It can't be possible. So, like a devoted Google worshipper I also downloaded the browser and started experimenting with it. Those, who are tracking developments taking place in the internet world, know the news was not new.

Since the day it was launched I have been experimenting, say playing with it. Chrome is neat and slick in its lay out, and has added a new feature that is, the address bar works as both search browser as well as a address bar. One can directly search or open a site in the given bar.

Another feature in Chrome that cannot be skipped is its option to hide one's online activity. After you close the window, nobody can peep into your online history. The browser makes you feel secure. Those who are very cautious of their online hip-hopping will feel exuberant that, at last Google has given the option: what should be left in the history and what not, very useful tool. Especially for those who are being monitored in office or in home.

Another feature that is of importance, Chrome creates thumbnail images of the most visited websites. At this context, I would say both these tools got extreme media leverage. Techno writer didn't let any opportunity to go without mentioning about these two tools.

Now coming to one feature that is really black spot in Chrome, was its dead response after a .pdf file is opened. The browser gets stuck. However, the same file opened in Mozilla Firefox or in Internet Explorer, with butter-like smoothness.

The snag was not only with .pdf file, many websites failed to open in Chrome. Well, the judgment I would pass about the usability of the browser is that, though the browser is still in beta form, it has to go a long way before it is accepted and consumed in the online world. But, I being the Google worshipper will wait for this day to come. Till then Mozilla works fine for me, and it will remain my first choice.

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  1. Dear Rishi
    I know little about computer, server, browser etc. But your informative and educative articles on computer and internet world lure me to know more about it.
    Go ahead.


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