Chrome for Mac

Google recently released its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux. I have been using Chrome on Windows since its launch, and was looking forward to seeing it on the different operating systems. Google has some stiff competition to overcome in the non-Windows world. Safari is an excellent browser, and to overtake Safari will be quite a challenge. Linux is dominated by Firefox, another excellent browser. Safari, Firefox, and Chrome have all integrated elements of CSS 3, and HTML5, which would be reason enough to avoid Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). Add on IE’s security holes, lack of modern web technology, and a decade-long refusal to play in the sandbox with everyone else, and it is easy to see why any browser is a step above IE. But enough of the IE bashing.

Chrome was recently tested against Safari. The results are displayed here. Chrome ran circles around all the browsers except Safari. In this test, Safari was 12% faster. This appears to be the case only on the Mac, where Chrome has only existed for about a week. On Windows, Chrome remains the fastest browser, even against Safari.

In the overall browser war, Chrome overtook Safari by a slim margin to become the #3 browser. Now that Chrome has released extensions, it will be interesting to see what changes in the next few months.

I have used a number of browsers on my Mac. I have Safari, Firefox, and Camino. I installed Chrome last week and have been using it almost exclusively. I think it is very fast, even if the statistics show it as being slower than Safari. Interestingly enough, I use Safari more on Windows than I do on Mac, which may be why I can’t see a major speed difference.

Chrome for Mac runs quickly, and it behaves as I expect it to from the Windows version. I am pretty happy with it so far. I am looking forward to adding extensions so my Chrome experience from each of my computers remains consistent. Until then, give it a shot, Mac users, and let me know how Chrome works for you.

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