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.
4. You may draw the short stick on standards
Standards get a little less standard as this new player enters the equation. It's based on WebKit, the same open-source system that drives Apple's Safari; but when you look at pages in Chrome compared to pages in Firefox or IE, you'll notice a difference in text formatting. And since most sites give coding priority to the market leader, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment with Chrome.
5. You're giving advertisers extra ammo
Have you seen all the hype about Google's privacy practices and how much of your data it shares with advertisers? Imagine the potential ammo you're giving it by using this browser. Google will now have total control over your experience from the time you open Chrome to the time you shut down. In some sense, you might just as well invite DoubleClick to watch over your shoulder while you surf.
6. The drop-down bar is dropped
The idea of the URL dropdown bar is dropped in Chrome. To compensate, the browser offers 'intelligent' features in its Omnibox; but if you like being able to see your recent URLs at the click of a button, you'll miss the dropdown bar.
7. You lose some history power
Chrome's History functions are less versatile than the powerhouse ones built by Firefox. Chrome offers only a simple screen showing your day-by-day history. The ability to sort everything by date, site, or most visited appear to have joined the distaff and spindle on the ash heap.