Google Chrome Download and Install: First Impression

When I heard about Google Chrome, I was very curious and really wanted to try it. Now, it’s available for download. I could not stop comparing Google Chrome with other browsers installed. Of course, I found that Mozilla Firefox and Opera are way much better than the first release of Google Chrome, at least right now.

Download an Install

Google Chrome Homepage (by Orangescale)
Unlike other browsers, we could not download the executable installation file. At first, we need to download an installer (around 475 KB), and run it. It will download the Google Chrome after we executed it. Wait for some moments, and you will be prompted to the next installation steps. The installation process was really straight forward. Everyone should be able to do it without problems. Anyway, Google Chrome is only available for Windows XP/Vista right now.

After we have it installed, we’re able to download some history, bookmarks and settings from other browser installed. Right now, only Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer detected. If you do not want to import any bookmarks/settings, you can skip this step, and start running your newly installed Google Chrome.

The Look

About Google Chrome (by Orangescale)
Where is the window title? Well, this is the first thing I notice when I fired up Google Chrome. The blueish color and the window tabs got my attention after that. And, I like how the tabs are displayed! The window icons looks so Vista. There are only some icons in the toolbar, and I think they’re easy to be recognized. By having only some icons and small area in the toolbar, we can have a wider space to browse the websites.

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Features

In this initial release, there are some features offered. Go to Google Chrome features page for more details and screencasts. I just hope that they will release more features to make our life happier. :)

Conclusion

I know, I haven’t explore Google Chrome deeper, but for the first impression it looks good for internet surfing activity. For basic use, it just works. But, since there are other things that can be done from browsers, bloggers might need more than this. Using Mozilla Firefox, we can extend it by installing some addons. I might talk to soon about this since Google Chrome has just released few hours ago. If you want to try Google Chrome, just download it right away, and feel the different browsing experience.

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  1. Yep, the only blows about Google Chrome for Firefox users is there’s not so much you can do in it other than browsing around. The non-existence of add-on or plugin really makes browsing experience kinda lonely. :(
    but still, wordpress, twitter, plurk, even Kaskus java script performance is unbelievably faster, and they scored 61 on Acid3 test, compared to IE8 which already reach beta2 that can only get 61. :P That’s amazing & one of the things that i loved about Google Chrome’s the design’s so simple it makes browsing as the only thing you wanna do!!
    Just simply crazy, the way Google put first launch of a product & people are instantly loving it.
    I’m waiting for the effect Chrome may had on Firefox in the future though. Let’s wait & see with the chrome on our eyes :D

  2. i’m willing to try it out just to see if it works more efficiently than FireFox… if it’s faster than Firefox, has tabs and isn’t IE, then i’ll use it

  3. I can’t tell if installation completed or not. The Google screen looks the same when I go to Google. When I go to Google Chrome link, it keeps asking me to download! Here is my install log:
    Diagnose Google Desktop installation (version 08/08/07 16:12:13)
    Copyright 2007 Google Inc.
    Run on Sun, 07 Sep 2008 01:08:33 GMT
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    * SUMMARY *
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    SYSTEM INFORMATION
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    Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
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    Free space on disk: 92GB
    Data directory space used: 0b
    GOOGLE DESKTOP INFO
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    Database directory:
    Database version:
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    Data directory last write time: Mon, 01 Jan 1601 00:00:00 GMT
    E-MAIL STATUS
    =======================
    Outlook Extension not installed or no access to reg key!
    CRAWLER STATUS
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    Reg Key: SoftwareGoogleGoogle DesktopHistoricalCaptureCrawler
    PDFToText *NOT* installed.
    Extensions to skip:
    Extensions to skip during initial crawl:
    PROXY INFO
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    Proxy information:
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Win32)
    IE5_UA_Backup_Flag: 5.0
    NoNetAutodial: 0
    MigrateProxy: 1
    EmailName: [email protected]
    AutoConfigProxy: wininet.dll
    MimeExclusionListForCache: multipart/mixed multipart/x-mixed-replace multipart/x-byteranges
    WarnOnPost:
    UseSchannelDirectly:
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    PrivacyAdvanced: 0
    EnableNegotiate: 1
    SyncMode5: 3
    ProxyEnable: 0
    PrivDiscUiShown: 1
    WarnOnZoneCrossing: 0
    EnableAutodial: 0
    GlobalUserOffline: 0
    ProxyOverride:
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    ***********************************
    * DETAILED REPORT *
    ***********************************
    SYSTEM INFORMATION
    =====================================
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
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    2 CPUs
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    ==================================
    Current Google Desktop Version:
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    Data directory last write time: Mon, 01 Jan 1601 00:00:00 GMTC:Program FilesGoogleGoogle Desktop Search:
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    Outlook Extension not installed or no access to reg key!

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