I’m rather particular about my web browser.
I’m an unabashed fan of Mozilla Firefox. Upcoming changes to the browser will trigger my move to alternate options, mostly because Firefox will lose the flexibility of their existing XUL engine making Firefox just like every other browser.
Perhaps ironically, those changes may move me to the default browser options of Safari on OS X and Edge on Windows 10 (note: nothing will move me to Internet Explorer as my daily driver). Gnu/Linux & BSD, depending on the desktop environment, may similarly dictate the browser I use.
Another of those options is Google Chrome (and to a lesser extent, the open Chromium browser where Chrome is unavailable).
I use Chrome today for precisely 3 things:
- Viewing PDF files in Windows (7-10)
- Visiting any site that relies on Adobe Flash on any platform
- Google Docs
The first two are, by far, the most important functions.
Until Windows 10 (I think) Microsoft didn’t include a way to view PDFs. Adobe Acrobat Reader was the standard choice, though other options – leaner, faster, and maybe more secure – exist. Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 as well as other apps can read PDFs. I’d rather open them with an application not deeply ingrained in the operating system.
As for Adobe Flash, I refuse to install it on any of my systems as of two years ago. Fewer and fewer sites rely on Flash, which is great. Yet every so often there’s some Internet real estate built on the weak Flash foundation I must visit. Chrome fills the need, again without opening up my OS any more than necessary.
I would be remiss if I failed to applaud Google in keeping these add-ins up-to-date and arguably more secure than Adobe.
Google Docs integration is a gimme.
What about you? How do you use Chrome to your advantage?