Recently I noticed the little plug on Google's home page: New! Download Chrome (BETA) - the new browser from Google. And my first reaction was, “Oh, great. Another Web browser.” But my feelings toward this new offering have warmed quickly.
But they sure can be slow. Rearranging my pictures using that fancy AJAX-enable photo gallery brings a new meaning to click and drag. There are some pretty amazing apps online, but they really feel like they're online.
So I'm excited to see the innovative steps Google and some other groups are taking to improve the performance of modern Web applications:
- Webkit engine: Google is basing its browser on a very small, clean, standards-compliant rendering engine.