Google Chrome

Written by Nicole Chaplin

Given that almost everything Google touches turns to gold, the tech giant’s first Web browser might be named after a less precious metal for a reason. Although Google claims Chrome is faster, safer and more stable than rival Web browsers, Chrome has received mixed reviews since its debut last fall. Among its flaws: incompatibility with some popular plug-in applications.

But Chrome still might be the browser of your Web 2.0 future. That’s because it’s optimized to work with Google applications such as Gmail, Google Finance and Google Docs — a not-so-trivial benefit in a business world that’s increasingly using Web-based software applications. Chrome also warns you before you visit malware and phishing sites. And its URL bar doubles as the search-engine bar — so, ironically, you never have to visit Google to conduct a Web search again.

As for Chrome’s faults, Google is releasing an updated version every five hours. Chrome might lack lustre today, but you can be confident it will have more polish tomorrow.

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