Get the Most from Google Chrome

In April 2013, I attended my first Google Apps for Education Summit in Kitchener, Ontario.  To say my eyes were opened  would be an understatement.  I had heard of Google Chrome and had read some positive things about it, but I didn’t understand the benefits of using it over Microsoft Explorer.  I remember seeing the benefits during the Demo Slam with Google App superstars ~ Jim Sill and Molly Schroeder.  I went back to my hotel, and changed immediately. I have never looked back.

If you are a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) user it is mandatory that you switch to be able to utilize all of the benefits in the Google environment.

According to Statcounter Google Chrome now has a commanding 53% usage share compared to other browsers.

Browser usage September 2015 StatCounter.com
Chrome 53.08%
Firefox 15.86%
Internet Explorer 15.71%
Safari 9.15%
Opera 1.80%


Benefits of Chrome

Apps & Extensions

Chrome provides users with a variety of free apps and extensions that work right in the Chrome browser.  The apps allow the user to access tools like video editing software, photo editors, games and social media apps.  There are thousands.

There are also various extensions that you can download to run in the background of your browser. These are time saving items to make your life easier.  The display shows an ad to download Pocket a great tool that allows you to save a website that you don’t have time to read at that moment in your ‘pocket’ to read later.

Chrome comes with free apps that run in its browser. They can be added to your browser by going to the Apps Webstore.
Chrome comes with free apps and extensions that run in its browser. They can be added to your browser by going to the Apps Webstore.

Seamless integration of Google Accounts

Another great benefit to using Chrome is its natural integration with your Google Accounts.  If you have more than one GooChrome-People Functiongle identity (i.e. a personal Gmail & as well as a work email) it easily separates your accounts.  You can easily switch back and forth by going to ‘People’ on the top navigation bar.

OmniBox

One design feature of Chrome that has since become the standard for browsers, is the ability to enter a web address or a search query into the “omnibox”.  The browser will distinguish between the two. We have to remember, Google business is ‘The Search’.

It will also provide you with an instant result in an easy to read format.

Chrome's Omnibox allows you to use Googles powerful search engine directly from the browser bar.
Chrome’s Omnibox allows you to use Google’s powerful search engine directly from the browser bar.
Omnibox 2
This will give you access to Google’s extensive search in an instant.

If you aren’t using Chrome and are a Google user, I hope this pushes you to switch right away. For more info, see the official Google Chrome website.  Check back often here too, I should have some more posts dealing with more specific topics.


1.”Top 5 Desktop, Tablet & Console Browsers from Sept 2014 …” 2009. 2 Nov. 2015 <http://gs.statcounter.com/>

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