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Google Chrome 3 review

In seemingly no time, Chrome has made the leap from version 2 to 3. We see if Google's latest version should be your browser of choice.

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When Google first released Chrome it came as both a shock, and the most natural thing in the world. Google has kept the fact that it was working on it tightly under wraps, yet once it arrived it seemed like an obvious and understandable move. After all, it doesn't make much sense for the web's biggest brand to rely primarily on its main rival to give its customers access to its services.

Now, just over one year on from its initial launch, version 3 has arrived. We had a quick look when thebeta appeared in August, but we thought we'd look again now the final version has arrived.

When the original beta appeared we immediately took to its innovative, lean, mean and pared down approach. However, we noted that in Google's quest for raw speed its browser lacked some of the finery that made the competition a more complete experience. Now version 3 is out, which takes it to just a half point release behind the long established Firefox, so it's time to take a look and see if the latest version has added any polish to the rough diamond.

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The installation process is simple and speedy it runs the executable rather than makes you download the whole installer first and imports your favourites in no time at all. Note though that's it remains officially only available for Windows, with Mac and Linux versions still somewhere on the horizon.

In terms of appearance, Chrome has not moved away from the sleek, slimmed down look, that first marked its introduction and it still has a distinctive look over more traditional rivals such as Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox. Tabs sit above the taskbar, rather than below it, which does help to draw the eye to them. As before, you can close tabs just by hovering over them rather than having to click first, which feels noticeably less clunky than in Firefox, and dragging and moving tabs around and outside the browser feels easy.

The headline new feature, however, in terms of looks is the thumbnail feature that displays, in grid-form, all the sites you've been to recently. This has been spruced up and - at last - you are able to move, and crucially delete, a recent page thumbnail, without having to wipe the entire history. If you've visited a somewhat 'sensitive' site this could prove a job saver.

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