Google Chrome Review
Jumping on the bandwagon I was one of the many to download Google’s Chrome browser the day it was released. I was immediately impressed, then somewhat disappointed. I gave Chrome 48 hours to impress me, but I wasn’t willing to give up IE… yet. I will blame this on the psychology of change and my resistance to learn a new browser and accept the idea that it could actually be a quality one.
My dissatisfaction started when I realized that the software at our company didn’t load properly in this new browser, forcing me to continue using IE. While attempting to use both browsers as primary ones, I ended up adding favorites to IE and bookmarks to Chrome that were not being synchronized. This greatly frustrated me when I found that I couldn’t export my new Chrome bookmarks back into IE, but instead I only had the option to import from IE into Chrome. The idea of being forced fully into Chrome as my primary browser before I’d had a chance to decided if I accepted it or not was too much to deal with at the moment. So I uninstalled Chrome to avoid future confusion. But then something happened.
Without even knowing it, the invisible niceties of Chrome had affected me. I tried to use IE’s address bar to enter search terms, then I tried to separate a tab from the main IE window so I could compare it to another tab. To top it off, I actually noticed the difference in speed when returning to IE. A couple days later I came across the Google Chrome comic (http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/). I’ve herd about using comics for technology adaptation at conferences, but this was my first experience reading one as a user. While a little long for my attention span, I made it through all 39 pages. I was impressed, and inspired. While chrome is in beta and may have some tweaks to work out, all of the invisible niceties had now become abundantly clear to me. I felt a bond with this browser, it was designed to meet my needs.
Therefore reaching the acceptance stage in my psychology of change I decided it was time to switch. It took less than 5 minutes for me to replace my IE shortcut with a Chrome one, and declare Chrome as my “default browser”. While I will still need to use IE running our work application, I don’t think it will be long until we have made the needed enhancements to support Chrome. I can’t wait to see where this goes once it’s out of beta. Google’s ability to constantly meet the needs of it’s audience, refine and improve never cease to amaze me.