Chrome 4, Google's latest version of its web browser, beats Internet Explorer 8—no surprise—and Firefox 3.6 hands down, writes Farhad Manjoo. He's been a fan of Chrome's earlier versions: They've always been fast, handled web video well, and compartmentalized tabs, so problems on one website don't crash your whole session. But Manjoo just couldn't do without some of Firefox's perks: With Chrome 4, Google addresses those long-standing shortcomings.
Most importantly, the browser can, like Firefox, now run extensions, the lack of which was likely a big factor in many Firefox's users' unwillingness to switch, Manjoo writes for Slate. There are still fewer extensions available than for Firefox, and the latest version isn't available for Mac, but "for idiots like me who keep several browser windows open concurrently, each populated with dozens of tabs, and don't restart the browser for days and days on end, Chrome's now the one to beat."