I finally got around to downloading Google Chrome and I'm regretting that I didn't do it sooner. This thing is very fast and after using it for just a few hours I'm ready to make it my default browser, with Firefox second and IE as "use only if desperate." I'd put off downloading it until I read an article in an old issue of Wired that was essentially a behind-the-scenes account of how Google got into the browser business. Two things in the article prompted me to act: the fact that they hired a guy specifically to make Chrome faster than the other browsers and that they designed it so that if one tab froze the rest of the tabs would still work. That's been my biggest frustration with Firefox: when I overload one tab the rest of the tabs crash with it. I can't tell you how much online work I've lost due to that.
Another cool feature is that they got rid of the separate search field in the tool bar. If you go to what we traditionally view as the address field, you know that place where you can type in the address like http://www.google.com and go directly to the site, and type in a search phrase it will provide some web addresses that might make sense if you don't use the search results. For instance I typed in "google chrome" and it dropped down a menu of links including a link to Google search results and a link directly to the Chrome home page. When I typed in the name "ed cone" it dropped down a prompt to search for ed cone on Google and it also dropped down some search suggestions for words similar to ed cone and it dropped down a link to Ed's blog. It's really very convenient.
So, give it a whirl. Really it's painless because Chrome easily imports all the bookmarks and other settings from your other browser so you'll be up and running in no time and I don't think you'll regret it one bit. Especially when you see how fast this booger is.