Google released their first version of Chrome this afternoon and while I am quite disappointed to see only a PC version I can certainly understand it given the vast differences in market share.
The thing I found particularly impressive though was how useful the ‘omnibox’ was, I daresay it was quite a bit more awesome than Firefox 3’s ‘awesome bar’. I’ll go ahead and say a great deal of this is because I really dislike the ‘awesome bar’, I think it falls far short of it’s lofty goals whereas Chrome’s ‘omnibox’ delivers. A big part of the reason I feel the omnibox delivers while the awesome bar falls short is something mentioned in the comic on page 20. Essentially you don’t have to hit the down arrow to get what auto-completion is suggesting because it does it inline and you will only go to URLs you have explicitly typed before.
The feature John Resig dubbed ‘the killer feature’ is something I believe is pretty awesome but it will take a while for the impact John foresees to come to fruition. After all of the six tabs I have open in Chrome right now (Yes, virtual machine is still in effect) Gmail is consuming by far the most resources and Google is often hailed for it’s lightweight applications.
In conclusion, I actually like Chrome in a virtualized environment better than Firefox 3 which is running natively which I think says a fair bit. Of course I’ve also been using Camino over Firefox 3 so perhaps it is just Firefox 3 doesn’t really do it for me.