Remember when the only browser that was worth much on the Mac came from Microsoft? In the early part of the 21st century Mozilla released Firefox and Apple released Safari.
Firefox is still on version 3.x, and Safari is on version 5.x. For a Mac browser that’s not even two years old to already be at version 7 must mean it’s a gift from the digital gods who control the internet.
How Old Is That Puppy In The Window?
I’m missing something. I thought that Mac apps that went from, say, version 2 to version 3 also added a bunch of new features to, you know, make it better, improve the interface, add to functions and features.
What would you think of a Mac app that made it to version 7 in barely a year?
It seems like only yesterday I was testing an original beta release of Google’s Chrome web browser.
It was the summer of 2009 when Mac users were treated to a fast, feature free Mac browser to compete with Firefox and Safari.
Google’s Chrome is about to turn 7. That’s version 7. In dog years Chrome would be middled aged already. What’s going on?
Playing With Beta, Playing With Fire
I don’t mind testing out beta apps so long as they’re from reputable software publishers. But I don’t like being a guinea pig for some kind of 21st century math project.
The Google Chrome Beta project is all about the latest and greatest competitor to Firefox and Safari (and Opera, and OmniWeb, and Flock, and Camino, and SeaMonkey, and iCab, and…).
What’s so great about Chrome version 7 (beta)? Is it better looking? Nope. Does it still look like a mangy old dog lost on the freeway? Yep. Is it faster? Not that I can tell, but Google promises Chrome 7 will get 60 times faster.
Faster than what?
Chrome 7 is better at handling HTML5 than earlier versions so says W3C.
What else? Other than some tab goodness, security fixes, and bug fixes, it doesn’t matter. Google is hard at work on Chrome version 8. And on Chrome version 9.
At this rate, next year, when Apple releases Safari 6, Google’s Chrome will already be at version 14, completely TARDIS powered so you can browse web sites from the future.
Call me old fashioned, but I want a Mac browser update that has enough new features that I can at least count them on a dog’s paw.