Now that the dust has settled and millions have downloaded Google Chrome Browser, the search giant must remain vigilant as issues are bound to surface (something they highlighted in their now legendary comic book).
We've yet to go past the first 24 hours since Google open the floodgates but yet there are some issues both in terms of usability and compatibility that have appeared; we've compiled a list of 10 of the most important ones.
1. Some might not like Chrome's squeaky clean, extremely minimalist interface which gets rid not only of the familiar menus and toolbars you can expect on other browsers but also the status bar (which now pops up now and then); in effect, Chrome ressembles a full screen version of Firefox or Internet Explorer. (Ed: But then, there's no F11 option in Chrome.)
2. The browser is not currently compatible with toolbars and plugins which means that you won't be able to use Google's own Notebook plugin or Google Toolbar for example.
3. Google docs left panel is not appearing for a number of users. This is something that has not been replicated elsewhere.
4. There are also reports of memory and CPU issues which have yet to be confirmed. More about this on Taragana. However, Google's Own Browser task manager seems to do the job. You can already find out how much memory Adobe's Flash plugin is consuming (80MB on our test PC).
5. There are already issues related to site compatibility (some Facebook features don't seem to work properly) and even with Google own calendar. Flash is said to be working fine on Vista but not on Windows XP. Ditto for Microsoft's Silverlight which is not compatible with Chrome.
6. Chrome is not available for Linux and Mac yet. Which is strange for an open source software and even weirder given that Google normally offers its software on several platforms from the onset. Let's also hope that Google will release Chrome browsers for mobile platforms like the S60.
7. Intriguingly, Google Chrome does not allow you to export your bookmarks or your settings (cookies, passwords), a far cry from what you could do in Firefox or Internet Explorer.
8. Chrome doesn't allow you to recover lost files by default. Firefox would automatically bring back content even when you close down the software, something that IE8 can do, but not Chrome for the time being.
9. Chrome seems to have some problems even finding some websites according to post on Google Chrome help group.
10. There are loads of people encoutering problems when using Google Chrome on their laptops with the browser refusing to scroll up or down or both when being used with a touchpad.
The more you look at it, the more you feel that Google Chrome looks like a half-baked product, a great beta but definitely not something that was bound to be released to the general public as it contains a few glaring misses.
However, Google already has a Chrome Troubleshooting group where you can post your queries about issues affecting the browser.
You might be interested in reading our past Google Chrome Articles
- 11 Reasons Why Firefox Should Really, Really Be Afraid of Google's Chrome
- Google's Browser Shows Giant's Thinking About Third Way
- Surprise! Google Chrome Browser Poses Serious Threat To Firefox, Internet Explorer
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