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7 reasons why we hate Google Chrome

Think twice before switching browsers

This week's launch of Google's Chrome browser has split the web community in two. We've rounded up seven reasons you have to be concerned over the search engine's new web browser. Also check out our '7 reasons why we love Chrome', to get a balanced view of the browser.

This week heralded the launch of Google's long-awaited internet browser Chrome. Windows XP and Vista users can get their hands of the browser now while Google claims Mac and Linux editions will follow soon.

However, the browser has already created controversy from privacy concerns over a section of its licensing agreement to security vulnerabilities, which were discovered the day after its launch. It seems the web community is split in its decision whether to love or hate Google's assault on the browser market. We've rounded up seven reasons that will give Chrome users cause for concern, in a bid to help you decide whether the Google-created browser is for you. To help you get a balanced view of Chrome, also read our '7 reasons why we love Chrome' feature.

1. It's only in its first beta

This is Chrome's first test release, so problems are bound to crop up over the coming months. If like most people you rely heavily on web browsing, you run a risk by putting your online life into the hands of an unproven product. Visits to some plug-in-oriented sites such as LogMeIn have generated errors ('This application has failed to start because xpcom.dll was not found...'). Do you want to deal with that kind of uncertainty daily?

2. You won't have any add-ons

Add-ons are a huge draw for Firefox fans, and none of these are available in Chrome yet. Google does intend to create an API for such extensions, but for now you'll have to make do without your AdBlocks, Better Gmails, and BugMeNots, or you'll have to switch between browsers to use the add-ons you want when you want them.

3. You can't synchronise

One big plus of Firefox is its ability to synchronise across multiple computers using Mozilla's Weave option. This arrangement allows you to keep your home browser, your laptop browser and your work browser looking identical at all times and once you get used to that level of synchronisation, it's hard to give up. Chrome doesn't yet have that capability.

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