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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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.

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