I am still in love with Google Chrome. It's smooth. The tabs open in just the right way. It knows exactly what I want. It feels right. And, not to mention it's one of the best looking browsers I've ever been with. Even all my friends love Chrome -- a rarity. But Chrome, you've wronged me too many times. I shouldn't have to put up with any more flash crashes, something that has turned into more than a daily occurrence. You have eaten far too many blog posts. And, while your little "Aw, Snap!" and "Whoa! Google Chrome has crashed" error notes used to endear me, it has gotten old. Chrome: This is over.
Like any break-up, post-Chrome I sought an extreme rebound and migrated to Internet Explorer 9 after seeing its hip commercials. I still hated it. Especially compared to my beloved Chrome. For a heavy Internet user, like a blogger, Internet explorer didn't handle tabs as well, putting them next to the address bar, instead of above it. It got all scrunchy, opening multiple windows. It got crowded, fast. And in general, it just felt very slow. (Other blogger tests confirmed that slowness.)
But, those commercials just kept playing during Mad Men and, as I was in the market for a new browser, they enticed me for a second round. Thanks to a little help from Microsoft spokesperson Jenn Foss, the transition wasn't as painful as expected. As for the tab situation, Foss explained that Microsoft put the tabs there to give the web page as much room as possible. But for super-users, who keep more than 8 tabs going at a time, the browser gives the option of having the tabs show up below the address bar. "You can now choose to have tabs be their own row," Foss explained. "Just right-click above the one-box and select, 'show tabs on a separate row.' With that you can literally go edge to edge with your tabs," she continued.