- Each tab runs in its own process
- To the user, multiple tabs are experienced as tabs inside a single application
- To the computer, they are each managed as their own application, meaning that memory management, garbage collection, and crashes all happen in their own sandbox, relative to the hosting "chrome"
- ECMAScript is a first-class citizen
- Firebug-like clone is also a first-class citizen
- Internal Task manager gives you a peek under the hood
- Check out the "Stats for Geeks" report for more than you ever wanted to know about how your browser's memory footprint is distributed
The fact that all these features are baked into the application certainly appears to raise the bar for browser vendors.
In terms of the market, i agree with one technology analyst who claims that Google Chrome is “Shiny and Soon Forgotten”; as a product it probably won’t make a big splash or threaten Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.
As a technical example of a web browser, however, i expect it to have much longer legs.
Watch for Firefox and Safari to start integrating some of Chrome’s innovations into their next releases.