CHROME SHINES

A ton of copy has been written about Google’s new web browser, “Chrome,” so we’ll restrict ourselves to just a few more grams.

First of all, let’s clear up some distinctions:

1.) A web browser is not the same as a search engine. A browser, such as Internet Explorer, connects you to the web; a search engine (like Google), looks for what you want.

2.) You can have more than one web browser on your computer. In fact, you can have as many as you want. We have four; each tends to be better at some particular thing. We also use more than one search engine. They do not interfere with each other.

3.) Contrary to criticisms we have read, we found the Chrome browser to be extremely fast. The new Internet Explorer 8, still in beta, claims to be faster.
Nice new features in Chrome:

1.) The search field that appears is also the address field. In other words, you can type a web site address if you know it or just type in a search term.

2.) When you open the new Chrome browser it shows a group of pictures of the sites you visit most often. Click on any of those and you go back there.

3.) The browser keeps a list of all the sites you’ve visited and when you went there.

4.) You can search that list by key words. The key word does not have to be in the site name. For example, searching on “apple” brought up a recipe for apple pie from Epicurious.com, a site we had previously visited.

5.) Chrome has an “incognito” feature, useful if you don’t want pages you visit to show up in your web history.

You can get Chrome from Google.com/chrome.

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