I can't say I'm not worried about them either turning evil or just disappearing someday. But damn it, I can't help myself... I really LIKE having all the stuff I need online where I can access it from home, work, and any other computer in the world. I suppose if Google does become an evil power, this is probably what it will look like. It wouldn't be the first time that "The Onion" printed something that turned out to predict reality.
In the meantime... yes, I'm typing this from Google Chrome. I am weak. It doesn't even support any plugins, and yet for the moment I'm willing to use it even without themes, mouse gestures, ad blockers, or even getting my bookmarks updated automatically by del.icio.us.
A few points in Chrome's favor so far:
- It starts up VERY FAST compared to the other browsers... although this might have something to do with the lack of plugins.
- It has a very compact interface, and does a lot of creative things to keep the screen space clean, like sticking the "search page" bar in one place.
- As you're typing an address, it automatically searches for likely completions and shows you the name of the page where you'd wind up. (To be fair, Firefox 3 also appears to do something like this.)
- Searches and URLs are entered in the same box. Usually it makes the correct choice, but you can pick from a menu to clarify what you want.
- When you open a tab, it shows you your favorite web destinations, along with thumbnail images of what they look like right now.
- You can drag tabs outside the window to create a new window, or drag a tab from one window to another.
All pretty cool. Firefox (my primary browser) might imitate some of the new hotness, but for now I'm keeping Chrome Beta as my default browser, and I'll look forward to seeing what they release in the next few patches.