Google has introduced a new Web browser, called Chrome, which is directly targeted at going head-to-head in the browser market with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The move takes the Google-Microsoft rivalry to a whole new level.

But just how good is Chrome? (preview videos) How does it differ from IE and from less popular, but still important, browsers like Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari?

Walt Mossberg, Personal Technology Columnist for The Wall Street Journal and All Things Digital Web ( shares his insights and initial review of Google's new browser - Chrome.
My verdict: Chrome is a smart, innovative browser that, in many common scenarios, will make using the Web faster, easier and less frustrating. But this first version — which is just a beta, or test, release — is rough around the edges and lacks some common browser features Google plans to add later. These omissions include a way to manage bookmarks, a command for emailing links and pages directly from the browser, and even a progress bar to show how much of a Web page has loaded.
As for me, the biggest weakness is the fact that there is no support for the Mac environment. For now, I'll stick with Firefox 3.0. Read the full review.

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