Today, Google released a new browser called Google Chrome. Essentially, it is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
If you are interested to learn more about Google Chrome, you can read about it here.
I have been quite curious as to how this browser would render SharePoint sites since I read about it yesterday. So being the SharePoint geek that I am, I downloaded it and tested it on one of my public SharePoint sites, http://spcafe.sharepointcafe.com
I immediately found 3 reasons why Google Chrome is the next best browser to IE when viewing SharePoint sites:
It loads freakingly FAST!Not only does the SharePoint site loads faster in Google Chrome compared to IE, it beats Firefox and even Apple’s Safari.
Every browser tab in Google Chrome using is run independently in the browser, so if one app in a tab crashes it won’t take anything else down. Reminds me of the application pool feature in IIS 6.0.
Google Chrome even comes with a browser task manager to “end” a browser tab process.
Easily create and launch Application shortcuts.Very similar to creating desktop shortcuts, Google chrome allows you to create an application shortcut that can show up on your desktop, quick launch or start menu in Windows.
More to this, when you launch the shortcut, the site comes up in a streamlined version of Google Chrome.
Just like any other non-IE browsers, there are limitations with some functionalities. For example, certain menu items in a list toolbar such as “Actions > Edit in Datasheet” which requires ActiveX control is not available.
SharePoint List Toolbar in Internet Explorer
SharePoint List Toolbar in Google Chrome
Lastly, another limitation (so far) of Google Chrome is that it is not available for the Mac OS yet.
Let me know if you find other benefits of using Google Chrome with SharePoint. Enjoy the rest of September!