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古人十年練一劍,Google 花了兩年,匯集一群菁英,組成團隊閉門研發,孵了一顆蛋,而這顆蛋剛剛破殼出世 ....

Google Chrome
Google 瀏覽器的功能介紹

所有的人都很好奇,瀏覽器市場早已血流漂杵,搞紅海策略也犯不著挑這種,地獄無門的競爭領域進來淌渾水。但是八月份 Google 如期停掉了所有在 Web 2.0 平台上推播的 FireFox 廣告,眾人大概都猜得到,古狗是玩真的,而且快要玩出花樣來了。果然九月三日推出 Google Chrome,不要給 Beta 的字樣嚇到了,所有搞線上服務的業者,都巴不得自家服務全掛上 Beta 的標誌,好讓頌棍級的奧客沒辦法打官司挑毛病謀利。

當年微軟成功的終南捷徑,『攻佔運算平台,蠶食企業應用』,很多人都想複製,但從來沒人成功過,也許 Google 看到了作業系統微型化的未來,世紀豪賭一把就押在瀏覽器上吧?

如果問我,Google Chrome 有啥更勝 IE、FireFox、Safari 之處呢?,單純憑第一印象的感受,Chrome 可能想以 Google Docs 打下灘頭堡吧?它可以讓使用者建立捷徑,直接存取網路應用服務,Google 果然是雲端運算的擁護者 .... :D

除此之外,比較新穎的時代性需求,就是『無痕式瀏覽』跟『防當機分頁』,前者是為了讓使用者可以匿蹤而行,當個隱形人。後者是讓每個分頁獨立執行,一個頁面的潰解不會拖垮整個瀏覽器,我記得 IE8 的功能預告也有這個,但實際效率還沒機會試過。

目前為止,比較遺憾的缺點就是,還沒有發行 Linux 版本。

補述:
用了幾個小時後的現在,感覺它運作很快。FireFox 相當大的缺點就是,首次啟動慢,而 Chrome 相形之下迅捷很多。(至於 IE 那種,作業系統暗槓夾帶的就不用比了:P)。驅動之家那邊看得到性能測試圖表,大概是古狗提報的數字吧?幾乎是一面倒 Orz




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  • icheetah
  • 華爾街日報今天也報了,評語還不錯,有幾個地方有待改進。
    先copy過來。
    WSJ沒有訂報登入,大多看不到。
    隨便參考一下。


    PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY
    By WALTER S. MOSSBERG



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    Google Redefines Web Browser
    Chrome Offers New Way
    To Surf Net, as Microsoft
    Beefs Up Internet Explorer
    September 2, 2008; Page D1

    Google has introduced a new Web browser, called Chrome, aimed at wresting dominance of the browser market from Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The move takes the Google-Microsoft rivalry to a whole new level. If Google succeeds, it will be a big deal, with major ramifications for the future of the Web.

    But just how good is Chrome? How does it differ from IE and from less popular, but still important, browsers like Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari?

    I've been testing Chrome for about a week, trying out all its features and using it side by side with Microsoft's latest iteration of IE, which came out just last week.
    Google's new Chrome Web browser challenges Microsoft's dominance of the browser market, says Walt Mossberg. The Chrome is innovative and smart, but still has some rough edges, he says.

    My verdict: Chrome is a smart, innovative browser that, in many common scenarios, will make using the Web faster, easier and less frustrating. But this first version -- which is just a beta, or test, release -- is rough around the edges and lacks some common browser features Google plans to add later. These omissions include a way to manage bookmarks, a command for emailing links and pages directly from the browser, and even a progress bar to show how much of a Web page has loaded.

    Chrome's interface has some bold changes from the standard browser design. These new features enhance the Web experience, but they will require some adjustment on the part of users. For instance, Chrome does away with most menus and toolbar icons to give maximum screen space for the Web pages themselves. Also, Google has merged the address bar, where you type in Web addresses, with the search box, where you type in search terms. This unified feature is called the Omnibox.

    One striking difference in Chrome is how it handles tabs, which display a single Web page. In Chrome, each tab behaves as a separate browser. The bookmarks bar, Omnibox, menus and toolbar icons are located inside the tab, rather than atop the entire browser. The tabs appear at the top of the computer screen. Chrome also groups related tabs. If you open a new tab from a link in a page that's already open, that new tab appears next to the originating page, rather than at the end of the row of tabs.

    Despite Google's claims that Chrome is fast, it was notably slower in my tests at the common task of launching Web pages than either Firefox or Safari. However, it proved faster than the latest version of IE -- also a beta version -- called IE8.

    Meanwhile, Microsoft hasn't been sitting still. The second beta version of IE8 is the best edition of Internet Explorer in years. It is packed with new features of its own, some of which are similar to those in Chrome, and some of which, in my view, top Chrome's features.
    [Google Chrome]1
    Google's Chrome browser displays thumbnails of a user's most-visited pages when a new tab is opened, rather than a blank page.

    For example, while IE8 also groups related tabs, it assigns a different color to each such tab group and allows you to close them all with one click. It has a "smart" address box of its own, that drops down a list of suggestions as you type, though it retains a separate search box.

    IE8 also has breakthrough privacy features that exceed Chrome's, and includes a new technology called Accelerators, which allows you to take rapid action on any selected word or phrase on a Web page, such as generating a map for a place name, without switching to a new page.

    As they develop, each of these browsers has a good chance of besting Firefox 3.0, which I have regarded as the best Web browser for Windows, the only operating system on which Chrome currently runs. But they will have to get faster at loading pages. And, to best Firefox on the Macintosh, Google will have to make good on its promise to produce a Mac version of Chrome, something it says it will do in the coming months. Microsoft has no plans to produce a Mac version of IE8.

    Chrome and IE8 are far more advanced than Apple's Safari. Safari is speedy on both Mac and Windows platforms, but lacks many of the key intelligent features of its newer Google and Microsoft rivals.

    Why is Google igniting a new browser war? There are two main reasons, and both involve competing with Microsoft. First, the search giant fears that because its search engine and other major products depend on the browser, Microsoft -- with its rival online products -- might be able to gain an advantage by altering the design of IE, which has roughly a 75% market share.

    Second, and more important, Google sees the Web as a platform for the software programs, or applications, that currently run directly on computer operating systems, notably Microsoft's Windows. It says current browsers lack the underlying architecture to enable future, more powerful Web applications that will rely more heavily on a common Web programming language called JavaScript. Chrome was designed to be the world's speediest browser at handling JavaScript.

    That move might one day make Chrome a sort of online operating system that competes with Windows. "Think of Chrome as more than a simple Web browser," Google declares. "It's a platform for running Web applications."
    [Google Chrome]2
    Microsoft's IE8 has an "Accelerator" feature that lets users select any Web text and then map, translate, search or email their selection without leaving the page.

    I tested Chrome, and IE8, on a plain-vanilla Lenovo ThinkPad laptop running Windows XP, and equipped with a modest processor and one gigabyte of memory.

    To gauge Chrome's speed at loading Web pages, I launched two large groups of typical Web pages simultaneously, each site opening in its own tab. One group included 15 sports sites, the second 19 news sites. In both tests, Chrome's speed fell in the middle, at 35 and 44 seconds, respectively. IE8 was slower, taking 49 and 75 seconds to open the two groups of sites. But Firefox and Safari were much faster, notching identical speeds of 19 seconds for the 15 sites and 28 seconds for the 19 sites.

    Google claims that future, more sophisticated Web applications relying more heavily on JavaScript than today's sites do would run faster on Chrome. Of course, I couldn't test any claim about future scenarios, but I did run Chrome on several JavaScript test sites, used by developers. It handily beat the other browsers. However, Google doesn't claim users would see much difference on current Web application sites.

    I also tested Chrome's compatibility with scores of common Web sites. In general, it did well, rendering the sites properly. But I ran into problems with video. Some video sites refused to recognize Chrome, because its development has been a secret. On others, like Major League Baseball's site, videos mostly played properly, but sometimes didn't.

    IE8 also has some compatibility issues, for different reasons. It's the first version of Internet Explorer to hew closely to Web standards. Earlier versions used some nonstandard ways of rendering Web sites, prompting some site designers to adopt techniques that made their pages work in IE, but look odd in Firefox and Safari. Now, ironically, these pages also look strange in IE8. So Microsoft was forced to build in a special Compatibility View button that users must click to see the sites properly.

    Chrome is built on three core design principles. The first is its spare user interface: just two menus and a handful of toolbar icons. IE introduced a similar approach in its version 7, but with a difference. Microsoft allows users to restore a traditional menu bar; Google doesn't. The only toolbar icon you can add in Chrome is a Home button.
    MORE

    • Page One: Google Tackles Microsoft in Launch of Browser3
    • Browser Basic: What Does It Do?4
    • All Things D: Google's Chrome Browser5

    The second principle is that a user can type anything into a single place, the Omnibox, and instantly get suggestions on where to go, gleaned from the user's own browsing history and Google's rankings of popular sites. Whether you type in a Web address or a search term, the Omnibox is very smart. In my tests, it sometimes came up with the right destination after I typed only one or two letters of the name of a site I often visited.

    The Omnibox has another cool feature: Tab-to-Search. If you type in the name of another site that includes its own search feature, like Amazon.com, the Omnibox lets you just press the tab key to search within that site, without opening it first. Chrome, through its Options settings, also lets you change the default search engine used by the Omnibox. Instead of Google's own search service, you can use Microsoft's Live search, Yahoo search, or others.

    The third big principle behind Chrome is that each tab runs, under the hood, as a separate browser. Tabs can be dragged off the main browser and turned into separate windows. If one tab crashes, the rest of the browser keeps running. But this doesn't work perfectly. In my tests, all of Chrome died on me when I tried watching an Olympics video on the NBC site.

    You can even make a tab a standalone application that runs from the Start Menu, or the desktop, as if it was a separate program.

    Chrome has a few other key features. When you open a new tab, you don't get a blank page, but a set of thumbnails for your most-visited pages, plus lists of recent search engines you've used, recently used bookmarks and recently closed tabs.

    Like other browsers, Chrome puts up a warning when you try to visit a malicious or phony Web site, and it has a private browsing mode, called Incognito, which allows you to browse without leaving any history on your computer -- a feature popularized in Safari.

    Chrome also has a pop-up blocker, but it's annoying because it flashes a notice that a pop-up has been blocked. IE also does this, but unlike in Chrome, the warnings are much less intrusive.

    Internet Explorer 8 has some new features Chrome lacks. Its private browsing mode, called InPrivate, is the first I've seen that not only leaves no traces on your own computer, but also bars Web sites from collecting some types of information on where you've previously been surfing.

    While IE8's address box and search box remain separate, each also offers rapid suggestions; and both are organized better than Chrome's. For instance, the suggestions that drop down from its address bar are divided neatly into categories drawn from the browser's own guess, your history and your favorites. One downside: For this to work in Windows XP, you must first install Microsoft's desktop search product.

    Like Chrome, IE8 lets you switch your default search provider, but it also allows you to switch search engines on the fly. When you type in a search term, icons for alternate search engines appear at the bottom of the suggestion list, and you need only click on these to see search results from, say, Google, instead of Microsoft's own Live search engine.

    IE8's Accelerators feature presents a blue-arrow icon above any text on a Web page that you have selected. Clicking on the icon brings up a list of actions you can take using the selected text, such as posting it to a blog, emailing it, mapping it or searching it. While these actions are set by default to use Microsoft's own Web services, you can change them to use Google's, Yahoo's, or those from other companies.

    Microsoft also has built in a feature called Web Slices. These are portions of a Web site that a site developer can designate to appear in the IE8 Favorites bar and to constantly update themselves. An example might be bidding on eBay.

    Like Chrome, IE8 also displays useful information whenever you create a new tab, including a list of recently closed tabs and a list of Accelerators.

    With the emergence of Chrome, consumers have a new and innovative browser choice, and with IE8, the new browser war is sure to be a worthy contest.

    Find all of Walt Mossberg's columns and videos online, free, at the All Things Digital Web site, walt.allthingsd.com6. Email him at mossberg@wsj.com7.
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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122037410228891285.html
  • 該文提到 Google 發展瀏覽器的兩個原因,我有點小小意見,因為想把瀏覽器被微軟主宰的寶座搶過來,Google 應該更加密切與 Mozilla 合作,好好齊心協力把 FireFox 作好,聯手打擊主要敵人 IE 才對,因為還在用 IE 的人,不見得會改玄易轍換到 Chrome 來,反倒是本來 FireFox 的用戶,比較有可能改用 Chrome,說來說去,FireFox 才是 Chrome 推出後最大的犧牲者。

    還有,就正希望找個美語社會裡的人來問問,請問施主,chrome 這個單字,大多數把美語當母語的人,看到的第一個語感是『鉻』?還是『色彩繽紛』?

    因為我逐漸看到,網路有兩派翻譯看法,一邊說是『鉻』瀏覽器,一邊說是『七彩』瀏覽器,連搞所謂『精準翻譯』的傅老大都有過困惑 ....
    http://fred.ipod.to/blog/?post;1658

    stary9 於 2008/09/04 14:27 回覆

  • icheetah
  • 那篇文章說的沒錯,一般來說,聽到Chrome就昰那兩個意思。

    因為我這裡是汽車城,所以常看到『鉻』的使用方式。一般來說,去Home Deport這種地方買廚房浴室建材的,也常用到Chrome,但多半是鍍『鉻』後的顏色;例如Chrome水龍頭,電冰箱面板色,洗衣機烘衣機面板色等。我有位好友,他就很喜歡Chrome的色調,廚房器具都是Chrome--這裡就昰指色調。我的Coffee maker也是黑色和Chrome色的。所以我想,一般人提到Chrome時,大概指的昰色調,或是鍍『鉻』後的產品有『鉻』的色調。

    不過,Chrome作為金屬使用,本身就有些Exotic和Funky,所以Google用Chrome,不管指的昰Chromium 或是Chrome色,都不錯。只是翻譯成中文要會意形容就難了。
  • 謝施主大德..... :P
    我記得剛開始玩電腦的年代,雙色螢幕(紙白色或琥珀色或綠色)的那種映像管設備,就叫做 MonoChrome 沒錯。金屬元素表上,好像也看過 Cr、Mo 這些代號,還是鋼鐵工業上的用語 鉻鉬鋼 ,年紀大了,給記不起來啦 XD

    stary9 於 2008/09/05 10:52 回覆