Throughout its 38 pages, cartoon characters resembling people in the team are presenting various features of the browser. It’s a refreshing and fun way to follow a product capabilities.
I installed Chrome to test Teamness with it and I'm pretty sure this will not be the only usage I'll have for it. After less than one hour of using Chrome, I can say that the web browser nerds were longing for has arrived.
Here is a list of things that I liked about Chrome so far:
Speed due to multi-threading and multi-process approach
Every web application developer spends time on "developing" solutions to overcome browsers limitations, one of which being threads limit. Internet Explorer 6 for instance, makes only 2 simultaneous connections to the same server: one is used to retrieve resource data like images, animations, icons and it does this sequentially, while the other connection is dealing with the page itself. This slows down load time. To deal with this, in Teamness we're using separate domain names for resources, so that the browser thinks he's loading the data from different servers.
The Task Manager
There is an internal Task Manager option to see how much CPU, memory and network resources each tab is using and for what website, including a more advanced page called Stats for nerds. It's really cool that you can kill Chrome processes, even from the Windows Task Manager, and the respective tabs in the browser become sad as in the image.
It feels lightweight
You may start multiple Chrome windows, drag-and-drop tabs between them and get a feeling of your system getting no bloat.
Did I mention speed?
Address bar auto-complete
Chrome has an auto-complete feature for the address bar that provides you with options for search, previous visited pages and popular locations on the web. But don't get too excited, you'll still have to search for juicy stuff on your own. And you can do this using an incognito tab, where nothing is logged.
Only time will let us know if Chrome is a killer, but I think a lot of computer nerds will adopt the browser for now. For people that currently find themselves with 15 or more tabs opened in their web browser, Google Chrome scratches where it itches.