Chrome XP V4

Google's browser, built to run on XP machines

  • Vote:
    7.0 (185)
  • Category:

    Themes

  • Version:

    V4

  • Works under:

    Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free

It seems that Internet users are fiercely loyal when it comes to their browsers, and Chrome followers are no exception. When Google released the latest installment of Chrome-XP, fans geared up to be the first to try out its promised new features and add-ons. The browser's new version includes intuitive new features that help it retain its loyal following among users.

When it comes to speed, functionality and design, Chrome is king. The browser is known for its lightning fast download and upload times, and is a favorite among multi-taskers. Competitors like Firefox, Safari and Opera, however, are catching up and surpassing Chrome when it comes to features like privacy settings--a subject that critics charge that Chrome is lacking. Data collection is a major issue for Chrome users. The biggest feature that Chrome sells its users--the ability to anticipate searchers--is also it's biggest drawback. Other browsers like Internet Explorer offer stronger privacy features and less tracking.

While the latest version of Chrome addresses some of these privacy issues, it also takes away some of the more sought after options that users love. The new version of Chrome eliminates the ability to re-open closed tabs and choose new tab pages. The ability to search directly from the browser window is still present and is one of Chrome users' favorite features.

One of the newest innovations for Chrome XP has been the audio notification feature. This small icon of a speaker will appear at the top of your tab, alerting you to the tab that is currently playing audio files. This is great for when you have a tab open and the site starts an autoplay video. It also helps if you are blaring music and want to close the browser to take a phone call, for example.

Another of the new rollouts is the ability to view thumbnails of your most recently visited sites. While this certainly makes navigation simpler, it is a major ding when it comes to privacy issues. Even clearing the cache is sometimes not enough to get rid of these icons which share your browsing history with anyone who happens to sit down at your screen.

Pros:

-Better search capability and navigation convenience

-Dropdown grid to open mail, YouTube and Google+

-Voice enabled search

Cons:

-Thumbnail of recently visited sites a major privacy concern

-Reduced capability for private browsing

-No longer able to open closed tabs

One of the bigger features of Chrome XP is the built in PDF reader with Adobe Flash built in. No longer do you have to restart your computer and manually install updates, the application makes the necessary changes each time you open the browser. Chrome has been the leader in minimalist design and interface, and now IE and Firefox have followed suit, paring their applications down to just a few user-friendly menus.

Chrome XP holds its top spot with intuitive features, lightning fast speed and increased functionality. Users will love its new tab options, upgraded built-in plug ins and ease of use.

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