I’m writing this post from the Beta version of Google’s stab at a web browser — Google Chrome. So far it seems pretty nice. Key points for/against:
- Chrome uses a unique model for its tabs. Each tab runs in an entirely new process (where in other browsers they may run in a new thread). This has many interesting ramifications, such as:
- Less memory leaks — when you close a tab, any dead memory is wiped with it.
- Greater stability — if one tab “crashes”, just close it — the rest of the browser soldiers on without problems, similar to closing a process within Windows.
- Greater security — the individual tab processes can be run at a tighter security level than the overall browser process, to help keep malware at bay.
- On the downside, a new browser is always going to be distinctly lacking in extensions. I’m already missing the AdBlock Plus I’ve grown accustomed to on Firefox. However the browser is open-source so we’re likely to see these sorts of things appear in no time.
Get it here! Definitely worth a look, seems to have a lot of potential.