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First Look: Google Chrome

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First Look: Google Chrome

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We take a quick look at the new Web browser from search giant Google. CNET Webware's Josh Lowensohn takes you through some of its top features including the deeply integrated search, minimalist interface, and smart use of privacy.

[ Music ] >> Hi, I'm Josh Lowensohn, Associate Editor for CNET Webware, taking a first look at Chrome, the brand new web browser from Google. Chrome is the first big name browsers to hit the market since Apple introduced the Safari back in 2003. And it's played by Google to shake up the top spots held by Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. Let's take a look at what makes Chrome different from some of the other browsers on the market. The first thing you'll notice is the minimalist design. It manages to give your pages about as much [inaudible] as when you got Firefox or Internet Explorer set to full screen mode. Users with small laptop screens will love this. The tabs also reside on top of the window instead of underneath the address bar. Further reason for that is that each tab has its own instance to the browser meaning if you are on a page that makes your browser hang, it won't make the entire program crash. You can also drag tabs off the main window and on to your desktop then back again. Another feature of Chrome is that the address bar doubles as the search box. You can configure it to use Google or another search engine and like the awesome bar in Firefox 3, it provides a listing of the pages in your history that come up as you type. Every time you open up a new tab in Chrome, you will see a special start page. It lists a small grade of the sites you have been visiting the most along with the list of recent bookmarks. There's also a special search box just for browsing history. If you are a security nut, there is also a mode called "incognito" that let's you surf the web with complete privacy. Once toggled, they won't see any browsing or search history. This is useful for those times when you won't let a friend use a computer or if you're trying to cover up early holiday gift buying. Here's a good tip on how to use it. If you see a link, you'd like to open up without it getting stored in your browser history, simply right click it and select open link in incognito mode. You can tell whenever you're in special privacy mode because your browser turns a darker color. For its first version, Chrome is already off to a great start. Well, Firefox 3 and the latest beta of Internet Explorer 8 have more features, users might be flocking to Chrome if only for it's sleek and simple look. I'm Josh Lowensohn and this has been a first look at Chrome. [ Music ]

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