Google Chrome

Popular free web browser created by Google

7.2

11143 Votes

  • Category Web browsers
  • Version 54.0.2840.99
  • Works under Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • License Free
  • Program by Google

Chrome is a very popular web browser designed to be fast and lightweight. It was developed by Google in order to make surfing the web easier even as technology changes. Chrome has an incredibly minimalist interface with very few buttons or menus. This is intended to maximize the amount of screen space available for displaying websites. The browser even has a full screen mode that removes the address bar and borders. Chrome has quickly become the most widely used browser in the world because of the superior experience it provides.

Chrome has a tabbed interface for people to use. You can easily open up new tabs across the top of the browser to flip between multiple websites. The tabbed interface works seamlessly. The typical address bar has been replaced with something more useful. You can now type a website address in the bar or use it directly to perform searches. You are able to personalize which search engine the browser should use even though it is primarily designed to work with Google.

There is a single menu in the top corner that contains everything from settings to browsing history. Chrome gives you an enormous amount of power when it comes to changing the default settings to meet your personal needs. The browser places a special emphasis on privacy and security. You can open up a private browsing or incognito tab when using the Internet. The incognito mode will not allow cookies, images or other temporary data to be stored on your computer. All of that information will be deleted as soon as you close the tab. Another feature is the ability to create personalized accounts for all users. This means your browsing history and favorites will all be tied to a single account. If someone else wants to use the browser, then that person can make a new account or use a generic login.

A great deal of work has gone into ensuring that Chrome is compatible with most of the common standards in use today. The browser is compatible with a wide range of security and other protocols. It supports the new hypertext markup language version 5, or HTML5. Even some more obscure protocols and web-based scripting languages are natively supported in Chrome. This will enhance your browsing experience by making certain all websites are rendered as intended by the developer or designer.

Google Chrome is in constant development. Updates are released on an almost monthly basis. This can lead to some issues. Minor bugs and inconveniences occur regularly between updates. Most problems are resolved quickly by a large community of developers. Chrome can use thousands of different add-ons and plugins. Those plugins can do everything from blocking annoying advertisements to enhancing support for new languages or widgets. The plugins can be installed with just a single button click through a central repository. The plugins prevent the browser from becoming outdated.

Chrome has become a favorite of people online because it provides one of the smoothest and fastest browsing experiences today. The browser has been streamlined to use as few resources as possible while running. Chrome comes with a feature that allows you to synchronize your browsing information across multiple computers and mobile devices for maximum convenience. An added benefit is that Chrome will actually scan websites before loading them. This allows you to avoid visiting websites that seem to contain malware, viruses or questionable code. Chrome is the premiere option today for anyone who wants a solid web browser.

Pros

  • Fast web browsing
  • Lightweight and simple design
  • Many plugins to enhance the browser

Cons

  • Bugs appear from time to time
  • Some features require using only Google services
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