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Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Google hater. Google has come out with some pretty neat tools over the years and their search engine has been rock solid for years (I was an early convert to Google search), but their latest entry to the tools market hasn't quite got me sold on it yet despite hearing so many great things from so many of my friends and others on the web.

One of the things I took interest in was the built in task manager. As an experiment I fired up Chrome, IE 7 and FF3 and had all three of them hit the same site. Memory utilization was higher on Chrome than either Firefox or IE. Another thing I noticed is that although I only had one Chrome instance running (with two tabs open) there were four (4) separate  Chrome.exe processes running in Windows Task Manager with only one IE and one FF instance running (same # of tabs open).

So out of the box it appears that Chrome uses more resources (ok just a little on today's resource rich machines) but is that so bad? Maybe not, but it is not something I'd expect from a product that's supposed to be so streamlined and efficient. More to come on Chrome as I experiment.

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 7:10 AM Software Reviews | Back to top


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I think their whole point was to put tabs in separate processes so the whole browser doesn't hang when one tab has trouble. They've done a good job balancing simplicity with power. So far I like it better than IE, but not *that* much better.

Left by Vic on Sep 08, 2008 3:38 PM

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I also believe MS will be using separate processes for each tab in IE8.
Left by Tim on Sep 11, 2008 8:46 PM

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