Will Chrome Kill Firefox?

Posted by jun auza On 9/03/2008
Google Chrome, the latest open source browser developed by the almighty Google is already out. It is currently in Beta and is only available for Windows, as Linux and Mac OS X versions are still under development. I have tried Chrome today and here are my initial impressions

Chrome is wicked fast.
Web applications that require Javascripts load a lot quicker in Chrome than in Firefox, and (oh well) in IE. In fact, I'm not the only one who has noticed this; click HERE to know what I mean. The V8 JavaScript engine with features such as hidden class transitions, dynamic code generation, and precise garbage collection can be credited for Chrome's killer speed.


Chrome is sleek and simple.
Google is known for making easy-to-use and plain-looking web applications, and their home-cooked browser is made just that. Some of its features like Omnibox (the URL box at the top of each tab) and New Tab Page (shows thumbnails of the nine most visited web sites) are based on Opera, while the user interface like the back, forward, refresh, bookmark, go, and cancel options is similar to that of Safari.


Is Chrome secure enough?
Security expert Aviv Raff found a flaw in Google Chrome that can "trick users into launching executables direct from the new browser." The flaw involves bugs in WebKit and Java, the latter bug having been discussed at the 2008 Black Hat conference. Apple's Safari is unaffected by this flaw, as it uses a version of WebKit that has patched the flaw; Google Chrome uses an older version that does not contain the patch. I expect that Google will patch this flaw at any time soon.

Will Chrome kill Firefox?
An article HERE described Chrome as the anti-browser. Though I agree that Chrome still lacks features that Firefox have, I think it will quickly catch-up and be a threat to Firefox. Some of my normal (non-geek) friends who do basic stuff with the browser (e.g. web surfing and checking email) are already impressed with Chrome primarily because of its speed and simplicity.

So will Chrome kill Firefox? -- Chrome can only hurt Firefox but it can never kill it. Firefox's steady market share growth will definitely slow-down because of Chrome. However, this doesn’t mean that Firefox will not fight back and lose focus of their initial goal, which is to dominate and to continue eating IE’s still much bigger user share.

And now that the browser war is temporarily focused on “Chrome vs. Firefox”, which side are you on?

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