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Chrome 8 is the first browser to feature a Web Store. Google plans to activate the feature before the end of the year, according to past reports.
Chrome 8 looks like a sweet package

The browsing field is looking increasingly competitive these days.  Firefox 4 will soon be released and comes packing a fresh new look, new features, and a speed bump.  Likewise Opera 11 is shaping up to be an impressive package as well, adding extensions for the first time, and continuing to lead Firefox in speed.  And Internet Explorer 9 from Microsoft could soon mean that Windows users can finally stick with the default browser and get acceptable speed and standards compliance (something not so true for past IE versions).

But Chrome 8 looks to offer a well thought out package that may be the cream of the crop for this loaded generation of browser wars. Chrome has always vied with Opera for the title of fastest browser.  Now both browsers have extensions, as well.

While Opera 11 has some new perks -- tab stacking, improved mouse gestures, etc -- Chrome 8 adds something that's arguably an even bigger deal -- the world's first in-browser web app store, dubbed "Web Store".

Among the cool upcoming apps to be featured in the store are Plants. vs. Zombies and Lego Star Wars.  For the non-gamers there's also a Sports Illustrated app, a $4.99 image editing app dubbed "Dark Room" (think online Photoshop Elements).

The concept is very ambitious.  While it remains to be seen how successful these apps really are in action, it arguably is reason enough to give Chrome 8 a try.  The store itself will launch before the year's end, according to Google and now is supported on the software side.

Also new in Chrome 8 are over 800 bug fixes and a built-in PDF reader.  

The current version of Chrome 8 is Version 8.0.552.215.  You can download it from here.



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RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Exodite on 12/3/2010 1:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, I don't know about that.

I've tried Foxit, as well as Chrome's built-in PDF reader, but on my rig I must say I prefer Adobe's browser plugin over both.

It's snappier, more full-featured and intuitive. I'll gladly admit that the latter may just be me being more used to Adobe's offering over the competition though.

I would line up stand to slag flash, which I usually run disabled in Chrome, any day of the week but I actually like Adobe's PDF reader and browser plugin.

That said I haven't been able to get one-page scrolling in Reader X working so far, I'm sure it's cleverly hidden somewhere.

Anyways, Chrome 8 actually feels noticeably faster than 7 which is no mean feat.


RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Flunk on 12/3/2010 1:43:51 PM , Rating: 3
Adobe's plugin is not faster, it's much slower. It doesn't really matter on a newer computer but when you use older hardware or terminal services the adobe plugin is brutal.

There is something to be said about better interface being worth the slowdown, however. Although not having to install the reader at all is pretty neat.


RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Exodite on 12/3/2010 2:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough, I were mostly talking about the comparison between Adobe Reader and Foxit - in which case my personal experience is that the former is quite a bit faster.

I can imagine Adobe's plugin being slower on older hardware but it's certainly not something I've experienced myself, despite my desktop being far from top of the line. I might have to try some larger documents for a more accurate impression perhaps.

Google's built-in plugin certainly isn't bad, from what little I've tried it so far anyway, but I'm probably going to stick to Adobe's for now.


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