Chrome gets a shiny new version
Google Chrome and I have a volatile relationship. It promised all sorts of exciting things, from faster browsing to easier searching. I installed it, full of anticipation, and was hooked. I had high hopesThen came the crashes. The nice page freezes where Chrome flashes up a little animation and informs you, as if you didn’t know, that something has gone wrong. But at least it only crashes the tab you were using, and not the entire browser, right? Er, yeah. Sometimes.It went downhill from there.There were the sites that appeared not to recognise Chrome as any sort of browser and refused to work properly. Then there were the plug-in “issues”. Not to mention the fact that Chrome ratted me out every time I opened a new browser widow, where it displayed other sites I had opened recently. Thanks very much Google, I really didn’t want to announce to the world that I had been researching Miley Cyrus (it was for a review, I swear). I browsed in “incognito” mode almost exclusively after that. The last straw came when my browser windows unexpectedly shut down, no warning, no amusing graphics, no choice to wait or shut down myself. We were finished. I uninstalled it, went back to Firefox and things were great again.But now Google has tempted me with Chrome 2.0. There’s nothing startlingly different about the browser, but subtle changes have made it easier to use. The ability to automatically fill in forms for a start, and the previously AWOL full-screen mode. And you can also remove thumbnails from the ‘New tab’ page, meaning any embarrassing web searches will stay private. Two thumbs up. It has also – allegedly – fixed a lot of bugs, but I’ll reserve judgment on that until I’ve put it through its paces fully. I give it two weeks until I’m reinstalling Firefox and swearing I’ll never stray again.