Google Released a Bata of their Browser not long ago, one of my first thoughts was (like there wasn't more then enough browsers already).
Brugbart and my Blog
I was afraid that Chrome might not had been able to render my blog at www.blueboden.com, which was originally based on a very complex equal-height and position based CSS layout, it however rendered the site quite nicely. It also seams that it renders Brugbart without major problems. However it doesn't seam to like my Syntax Highlighting script, which both works in IE7 and FireFox.
We can only hope that Google takes up the responsibility which Microsoft lacks, to actually update their Browsers on a regular basics. Its very important that browser developers start to look forward, not to mention start supporting current standards. And its even more important that web designers stop looking backwards, in the direction of old and broken browsers.
Every update matters, even if its just support for a single CSS property.
First, it wouldn't seam i was asked if i would like anything imported from other browsers, it just did so without even asking, which was the first sign of neglecting the user.
The interface which first meets you, is a blank page, including your bookmarks, and a few "quick"-buttons leading to the most visited pages, these will be filled as you start using Chrome. I would however prefer to customize these quick-buttons, the "most visited" is not exactly helpful. I also think that this is functionality which all browsers should include, it takes little effort, and dose no harm. One of the only reasons i would have to use Opera, would be its "quick buttons".
I'm somewhere disappointed in the settings menu, which is not only awfully, and more or less incorrect translated into the danish "Valgmuligheder", which confuses new users, it should have been translated into "indstillinger".
Maybe they are using Google Translator to translate their apps? It sure seams like it!
The settings menu also seams to lack in every aspect, it doesn't seam to have a plugins tab, and it doesn't seam to allow us to control other security settings, other then cookies.
Missing GUI Buttons
I haven't been able to locate a button for the drop-down menu which shows a list of visited URLs. For me this is basic functionality, because i don't bookmark all my URLs, and I'm to lazy to start typing just to enable the drop-down. Finally i dislike the idea that this List of URLs should be polluted by URLs i didn't visit. The "Home" Button is also missing, maybe they expect people to have their start-page open in another tab, at all-times?
Not to mention that its a bad design practice not to add a GUI control for a function, its like relying on color alone.
Finally Chrome is also missing the history button next to the back and forward buttons, instead of providing this simple and helpful button, chrome requires you to hold down the mouse button on one of the buttons, this takes longer then normally.
For Web Designers
One of the better functions, is the ability to right-click any element, and show details about the element. Surely this functionality is not new. I.E. Firebug.