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First Look: Google Chrome for Mac
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First Look: Google Chrome for Mac

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Josh Lowensohn walks you through what's hot and what's not with Google's developer release of Chrome for Mac. This early version of the popular Windows browser is now available for Mac and Linux users.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Josh Lowenstein from CNET, and I'm going to be taking a First Look at Google's Chrome Browser for Mac. Chrome's been out on Windows since September of last year, but getting it onto Mac and Linux has been quite a challenge for Google. This week the company released developer builds for both platforms. These are missing many of the features found on the Windows version, but give us a taste of what's to come. So let's start by talking about what works. Chrome on Mac is fast. How fast? It takes about three seconds to start cold, and less than a second to open up a new window once you've closed out the application. That speed can be found on JavaScript rendering, too. JavaScript rich web applications, like Gmail, Picasa, web albums, and Flickr load in fast. They also feel incredibly responsive, just like a desktop application. Chrome on Mac also throws in a few flourishes that the Windows version does not. New tabs zoom up to the top of the screen, and whatever tabs your on gets a little wider than the others. Speed and fancy menus aside, there are plenty things of missing that keep that early version of Chrome from replacing your current browser. For one, Adobe's flash doesn't work, which means you can't watch videos on YouTube or use sites that have flash-based menus. You also can't' manage your bookmarks. You can add them just fine, but there's no way to delete or reorganize the sites you've saved. You can't print pages, or even visit some off them, including Yahoo mail, which doesn't recognize the browser and blocks it. If you're planning on using a search tool other than Google, you're also out of luck. You can't change that either. Google is sure to fix most of these things before releasing Chrome for Mac and Linux in Beta, but if you're feeling brave, you can download them off Google's Chrome development site right now. I'm Josh Lowenstein, and this has been a First Look at the development version of Chrome for Mac. ^M00:01:45 [ Music ]

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