And surprisingly not very innovative.
Which feels a little unfair, after all, it’s definitely a cutting edge browser. Without question. And it’s very good. But it’s just not doing anything that any body else isn’t.
The process isolation sandbox is a brilliant feature, and provides a level of security and reliability the web hasn’t seen since, oh, the introduction of IE8.
Ok, bit of a cheap shot. It is a great feature. But it does highlight something about the current crop of browsers – convergence. All of the big three browsers are getting more and more alike.
I also like the application shortcuts feature. I was sceptical about having a browser window without address bar or other security conscious adornments (didn’t IE have huge problems with that), but it’s actually working as a very nice way to read GMail.
Ah, you say, you want innovation? How about the tabs being at the top of the window? Yeah. About that. Odd choice. All it really means is that if I open enough tabs, I can’t read the window title. Thanks.
(But I do like the use of Aero glass – it is a very nice looking browser. Definitely not a native look and feel, but it’s a native implementation, and you can tell – very solid and smooth.)
And if any more evidence were needed that the browsers are converging – check out their logos. QED, eh?