What’s Up Doc?

As of yesterday, Google Chrome is out of beta.

I know this should be a big deal, but somehow, I just can’t bring myself to care.

Chrome, in case you haven’t heard, is the new browser from Google, designed apparently to move the operating system into the clouds. Faster, stronger and more secure, it was built to take on Internet Explorer for ownership of the desktop.

Or perhaps simply to supplant Firefox as the main rival to Explorer.

I don’t quite get Chrome, to be honest. I find it had to get excited with speed improvements that are usually measured in microseconds, and since it only runs on Windows XP and Vista, I’m not sure I want to go to the bother of installing it when it will only work on one of the three computers I use.

And that’s one of the things that puzzles me about Chrome.

Why is it that a company like Google, which prides itself on its commitment to open source, has released a Windows only browser? Even if I accept that Linux versions are going to be a while coming along, shouldn’t there be a Mac version by now?

What is Google up to?

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.