Google Chrome is an internet browser similar to the features of Windows Internet Explorer for viewing websites and internet content.
While Internet explorer has been around for over a decade (1995), Google Chrome has been out since 2008. It comes in 3rd vs. Explorer and surpasses Apple’s Safari in browser usage statistics†. Google Chrome is really gaining popularity. Is it faster, easier to use, more secure? Let’s take a look.
The immediate aspect you will notice the first time you use Chrome is the interface. It looks less cluttered and confusing and has very few buttons in comparison to Internet Explorer. You have the basic home panel to type in website addresses and go forward and back between web page’s. Also added are two unique buttons, to the right, that look like a piece of paper and a wrench. You will not see a menu bar at the top as you may expect with many programs. All the tools, properties and functions can be found in the two unique buttons. This can be more convenient then using the File, Edit, View, etc., menu bar of Internet Explorer.
Bookmarking and favorites are two words that mean the same thing. You want to save a website address for future viewing. Don’t get confused that Internet Explorer uses favorites and Chrome uses bookmarks, they are one in the same. When you want to bookmark a page in explorer you can hit the “add to favorites” button. In Chrome you can add a bookmark by clicking the star to the left inside the address bar. This is a bit easier to find then somewhere on the task bar. Another little thing you do not need to do with Chrome is remove the pre installed favorites. Not a big deal but nice. Also Adobe has partnered up with Google Chrome, So flash player is built in. This means that you can enjoy YouTube right after your install, without downloading flash player from adobe’s website.
In general use, I’ve noticed that Chrome does open faster than Internet Explorer. This is especially noticeable on slower PCs. Flow from one page to the next seems a bit snappier then Windows Explorer browsing too. All in all, the speed difference is not excessively noticeable on newer systems, but for older PCs you may see better overall browsing performance with Google Chrome.
Both browsers have a few nice features to keep you safe while browsing and downloading. For instance, both check to make sure you want to download a file before it gets downloaded and proclaim the file could be dangerous. They both also include pop up blockers and protection against phishing. A little deeper though and you can see that Internet Explorer supports a few more bells and whistles. For example, the ability to disable, enable, and prompt for most major functions like scripts, and copy and paste. Internet Explorer can also run Direct X. While most users will not need these options they are there. Regardless, to either one you choose, it is wise to have an antivirus and malware program in place. Neither one of these browsers will protect you from a downloaded virus.
To sum it up, Internet Explorer and chrome are both very popular web browsers and have similar features. Chrome has a less cluttered interface and removes the menu bar from the top of the screen, replacing it with two unique buttons to the right. Explorer and Chrome both have nice bookmark/favorites managers, where you can move and organize web addresses you are saving. Chrome also has the star icon to the left of the address bar to mark favorites which is handy. They are both quick to open but if you have an older PC you may see speed improvements using Chrome. The security on both are up to date with popup blockers and phishing protection, but Explorer has more functionality then Chrome. Overall Chrome could be a nice addition to you PC.
†Reference: wikipedia.org usage share of web browsers, April 2010.