Google Chrome has recently blown its competition out of the water because of its clean look, something many users enjoy. However, its sleekness is only one of the many other, more important features that Internet users enjoy.
The last version Google Chrome has new sync capabilities. This means that any user can log on, save his preferences, bookmarks, and themes, and use the same settings for another Google Chrome browser on another computer as soon as he logs on. All the information a user wants to save is stored in his dashboard. If a user changes his bookmarks on one device, for instance, his other devices will show the same bookmark modifications! Users are also given the opportunity to filter the information used during syncing. For instance, a user might want to delete a bookmark on one computer. However, the user might want that bookmark to be retained in all his other devices. If that’s the case, he can opt not to sync all his other computers to that update.
Google Chrome also allows multiple users to retain their settings. Since syncing is done when a user is signed in, a Google Chrome user can simply sign out to deactivate his preferences. The next user can sign up for another account and have a different set of preferences, bookmarks, and themes. That way, information and choices are kept confidential, even among different users using the same computer.
The Chrome Web Store also helps users beautify their browsers. It carries different browser themes, photo editors, and even games, all of which are installed as web apps. This means that these add-ons are installed directly into the browser, helping any user save on RAM and computer memory as he no longer needs to install these programs separately onto his hard drive.
Google Chrome extensions also add more functionality to the browser. For instance, Gmail users can opt to activate the Gmail Checker. This extension gives notifications in the browser once a person receives new mail. The notifications pop up even if no tab or window is currently accessing the Gmail account. This proves to be convenient among users who have to cycle between many tabs during each browsing session, especially those who want to minimize the number of tabs they are using.
You can also specify the default websites that Chrome will access whenever the browser icon is clicked. For instance, if you usually access your Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Facebook, and Twitter at the beginning of your browsing session, you can set all four websites as your default sites. The next time you click on the Google Chrome icon, four tabs will appear with each of the four websites being accessed simultaneously. This means any Chrome user can do away with typing in the URL of their pet websites every single time.
Those who close the Chrome browser, either deliberately or by accident, can access the pages they visited the last time they were online. This can be achieved via the “continue where I left off” option. If you’re doing important work but the pages you end up on continue to change every single day, it can get rather tedious for you to keep saving bookmarks. Fortunately, Chrome does the legwork for you by remembering all the tabs you closed simultaneously during your last session.
Compared to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome has a sleeker, neater look. Its borders are rounded instead of squared off, unlike Internet Explorer’s rather boxy appearance. Although Internet Explorer has given their browser a much more streamlined look as of late, the browser still comes with default add-ons, such as the Bing search engine, that make the browser look cluttered. Yes, the add-ons can be disabled, but this doesn’t help Internet Explorer’s cause. With browsers, cleanliness is next to godliness, Google Chrome has made that apparent.
However, Internet Explorer now has better security features. Based on studies done by NSS Labs, Internet Explorer can block malware much more efficiently than Google Chrome. Malware is rampant online, what with the many websites carrying malicious software either deliberately or unwittingly.
Still, in terms of internet security, Google Chrome doesn’t lag too far behind from Internet Explorer. Mozilla Firefox does, however, as it uses an old model derived from Google.
Although old versions of Internet Explorer lag behind Google Chrome in terms of speed, the new Internet Explorer 10 is almost as fast (or faster). Different tests have proven Google Chrome and the newest Internet Explorer to be of equal clout when it comes to how fast they load pages and how quickly they conclude their initial start-up.
Unlike previous versions of Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, Google Chrome keeps its browser minimalist in design. All you see in a default browser are URL field and the forward, backward, refresh, and home buttons. Everything else is hidden under the neat customization icon at the rightmost side of the top bar.
Because of its streamlined design, browsing is a visual treat. There are no bulky menu options hogging the upper part of the screen. Of course, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer have noticed Chrome’s simplicity and have made necessary modifications to their designs, but it pays to remember that it was Google Chrome that started the trend.
If you have been using Internet Explorer all your life, you will be happy about the fact that Internet Explorer 10 performs just as good – and sometimes even better – than Google Chrome. However, you might still want to try Google Chrome as a browser. Do that before you say Internet Explorer is your preference; using Google Chrome just might sway you.
Google Chrome would not have existed if not for Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They convinced Eric Schmidt to launch Google’s very own browser after showing him what a Google browser could accomplish. Initially, they commissioned a few browser developers from Mozilla Firefox to build a Chrome browser. After Schmidt saw the power of the new browser, he changed his mind and backed the project wholeheartedly.
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