Five reasons to use Google Chrome (and not IE9 beta)

Yesterday, Preston Gralla proffered his Five reasons to use Internet Explorer 9. Today, here's Richi's riposte juste: fanboi-free, absent apologia. I give you: five reasons for Windows users to switch to Google Chrome, rather than the IE9 beta. Yes, it's The Long View again... It's faster

Preston says IE9 is faster than previous versions -- but that's not exactly saying much. As he points out, Chrome was the fastest browser in his tests: 25% faster than IE9.

(Aside: I agree with him that the latest beta of Firefox 4 is worryingly slow.) It maximizes available screen real estate

As Preston rightly points out, IE9's new clean look is inherited from Chrome. Firefox 4 does a similar thing, but both FF4 and IE9 waste space above the tabs when maximized. That may seem like a small thing, but as more of us move to 16:10 or 16:9 wide screens, vertical space is at a premium, relatively speaking.

IE9 compensates by putting the 'One Box' location bar and the tabs on the same 'row', but this just has the effect of limiting the amount of space that tabs can use. Chrome's solution of eliminating the title bar makes perfect sense. It actually has useful add-ons

Preston was impressed by IE9's add-on performance monitor, but that would be more useful if there was a decently-sized community of add-on writers for the browser.

Firefox has had this for some time, of course. Chrome has gone from a standing start to a rich choice of add-ons in what seems like the blink of an eye. (Aside: yes, I know I promised a post listing the best Chrome add-ons. Patience is a virtue.) It, too, integrates with Windows 7

UPDATED: While there isn't There's an easy way to pin a site to the taskbar, and Chrome supports jumplists for most-visited sites and recently-closed windows. [See the comments for a further discussion of pinning a site.]

In other words, right-click on the Chrome icon on the taskbar, and you're presented with two pop-up lists that Chrome automatically generates for you. One contains the sites that you often visit -- the same list that you get in a new tab. The other contains tabs that you closed most recently, in case you want to re-open them. The address bar supports Google Instant

Almost everyone is raving about Google Instant. What's the betting that the next stable beta build of Chrome supports that functionality direct from the address bar?

What's your favorite browser? Leave a comment below (even if it's Opera)...

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