Google Chrome 2.0, Windows 7 Not a Fast Combo

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Google’s latest beta of the Chrome 2.0 browser speeds things up, adds new capabilities, but the performance improvements aren’t noticeable when run on the beta version of Windows 7.

Google proves it can make a better beta with the latest release of its browser, Chrome 2.0.

The new Chrome 2.0 beta leaves the likable interface pretty much alone and focuses on speed and functionality – at least if you are not running Microsoft Windows 7 beta.

Testing the product beta with Windows 7 showed a marginal increase in speed and some features just didn’t work – like the new side-by-side view. Side by side is one of the most significant new features of Chrome – side by side enables a user to drag tabs down to create what amounts to a docked window, with that tab’s contents. Side-by-side is a feature that heavy surfers will come to love very quickly.

Under beta Windows 7.0, side-by-side did not work and we experienced a few lockups, crashes and had other features not work as expected – such as the new auto form fill.

Switching to Windows Vista made all of those problems go away.

In Vista, Chrome 2.0 beta feels significantly faster than Chrome 1.0, and more importantly, Internet Explorer 7.

When running the Chrome 2.0 beta on Windows 7, the speed improvement over Internet Explorer was not noticeable. Other new features include zoom, autoscroll, form autofill and the aforementioned side-by-side view.

With Chrome 2.0, Google is clearly on a path to challenge Microsoft for browser dominance. That said, Microsoft still holds the trump card when it comes to running Active X and VBscript code within a browser – an important capability when it comes to running Microsoft products such as Outlook Web Access and some .Net applications.

While Google’s target is clearly Internet Explorer, the real test will come when the product is put up against Firefox, which has found its way onto a multitude of desktops and has become the browser of choice for many businesses and personal users.


Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com