Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Google aims to polish Chrome while leaving GMail lagging

News came today that Google plans to take its new Web browser, Google Chrome, out of beta soon.

Chrome was first released as beta software just three months ago.

Let's compare that with GMail, Google's Web-based e-mail client, which rolled out on April 1, 2004. More than four years later, it's still in beta.

So why is Chrome so impatient and speedy? Or why is GMail such a sloth? What's going on at the Googleplex that the wheels are turning in such a fashion?

Well, GMail needs a little help before it finally becomes mainstream. Google needs to give users an unlimited amount of inbox space (similar to their near-bankrupt competitor Yahoo). Google also needs to allow for image signatures on e-mails.

As for Chrome. It's too simple and simplified. The only thing Google can do at this point is take away features.

1 comment:

Zach Skaggs said...

Google is scaring the likes of Microsoft and Mozilla with Chrome. It processes javascript at exponentially faster rates than IE or Firefox. They are pouring their focus into Chrome because the future of computing will be online applications, all date stored on a central server somewhere that users can access at any moment. Web browsers will be less for surfing and more for productivity applications like office suites and the like. Google's browser is currently by far the best at achieving these kinds of things.

GMail is not lagging behind, either. Google just today added the ability to send SMS messages for free from the GMail chat client. They recently added user themes lets face it....your mailbox size might as well be infinite...I've had my account for over 4 years now and am still only using 3% of my allotted space. :)