Who loves free software? I know I do! If you haven’t heard the buzz about the new Google Chrome web browser, then you are missing out on a great free download, which is especially great for those lower-powered cheap laptops.
Chrome is a web browser that is compatible with Windows only, and only Windows Vista and XP. For Mac and Linux users, stay tuned. Chrome 2.0 is currently in progress, though there is no set release date yet.
There are many useful features within Chrome. One major plus is the fact that it is a multiprocess browser. This means that every tab runs independently from each other. Lets say you are browsing the web and one of your web pages in one tab crashes your system. With Chrome, the faulty website does not take your whole browser with it. Instead you can just close the affected tab and continue surfing the web without having to close and reopen your entire web browser, which in the worst case scenario means all your open tabs with those urls that you have been saving to read have been lost.
Another awesome feature within Chrome is the ease of doing a Google search right in the URL bar. Instead of having to download the Google toolbar, just use Google Chrome as your web browser, and simply open a new window or a new tab, type your search parameters in the url bar, and hit enter. The browser will open a Google search page for your keywords.
Drag and drop has been a lifesaver for the technically challenged, and a time saver for the IT community. Now in Chrome, you can reorganize your tabs by simply dragging the tab where you want it to be within the tab bar. You can even drag the tab out of the tab bar and it opens in its own window. This is a great feature when researching. It allows you to keep yourself organized, instead of having to copy and paste the url into a new window each time you want to open a new window dedicated to one topic.
If you surf at work, and like to keep your search history hidden, especially if you are searching for a new job on company time, try the new Incognito window. When browsing incognito, any website opened within the window will not be saved in your browsing history.