All my news feeds today have been filled with nothing but talk of Google Chrome. As there is no OSX version (it can be built if you’re really that desperate), I fired up my Vista VM and installed it and I’m quietly impressed. Does the world need a new browser? Maybe, maybe not. While it’s nice that each tab runs in seperate processes, does that really make Chrome a browser for what the web has become or becoming? The Google “Reasons Behind Chrome” video talks about playing games in one tab, checking mail in another, but I do this already with no problem in Firefox. Maybe it’s betting too much on the web and I certainly don’t agree with Michael Arrington‘s idea that “Chrome is nothing less than a full on desktop operating system that will compete head on with Windows”. I think he’s mis-understood what an OS actually does. The suggestion that desktop apps will be replaced by “webified” versions is just too out there. I can’t wait to start using my scanner through my browser. Oh, and this post was of course written in Google Chrome.