Notice the lack of title, menu, and status bars. Stop\refresh is consolidated into one button. And the top area is dedicated to tabs.
In turn, other browsers have made similar changes:
And yes... I also used this as an excuse to show off my website in different browsers. (^_^)
My Browser Usage History
Like everyone who's had Windows, I started out with Internet Explorer (I also used Netscape back in the days too). However, Internet Explorer had a lot of problems, and Firefox had a lot of cool features so I switched to that. After awhile, I realized Firefox was slow and so I switched to Chrome.
As of 2011, Internet Explorer has gotten a lot better and Firefox probably still has the most add-ons, but I still mostly use Chrome.
So Why Do I Use Chrome?
- Cleaner interface.
- Faster running program.
- Faster surfing.
- The Omnibox.
- More stable and less buggy.
- Has most of Firefox's extensions.
- Translate page pop-up bar.
- Built-in functions like Flash and Acrobat.
- Download status bar.
Google Chrome's Omnibox
This is a very cool feature of the browser. All searches are done from the address bar, and it automatically adds search engines for sites you visit frequently (for example, Wikipedia, Amazon, Craigslist, eBay). And there is no drop-down menu selection step.
So if I wanted to search "tea" on Wikipedia, I would:
1. Type "w" (for Wikipedia) and press tab to select the Wikipedia search engine.
2. Type "tea" and press enter.
Immediately, I am sent away to Wikipedia's page for tea!
Browser Usage Share Trends
I will end this post with a boring looking chart. lol.