Ok I know its been a while since I last wrote a blog. But what with Christmas and stuff I have been really busy 12 hour shifts are horrible. Anyway enough about me and on to what this post is actually about.
Google have finally realised a version of their browser Google chrome which allows the use of extensions. Now im fully aware that extensions have been available for a while for the browser but that the feature had been set to off as default. This is the first time that it has been enabled for all and the extension system seems to be working great.
In my opinion the lack of extension support was one thing that was holding chrome back, I can now see myself using it more often as I have already dropped internet explorer completely. I had only been using it for sites that didn’t like Firefox which is becoming a very rare problem nowadays.
I’m currently running the latest beta version which is 18.104.22.168 and having updated from a few builds ago and so far all seems to working as you would expect still running quick and no crashes so far. You can download it from filehippo here
Peacekeeper came out of beta recently and is now live.
What is Peacekeeper?
Peacekeeper is futuremarks next foray into the world of benchmarking software Peacekeeper basically is a bunch of tests that are run in a web browser of your choice that tests performance of said browser and give a tangible score for comparison. And the good news is it works on pretty much any platform although the system scanner which is optional will only work on windows.
Currently Apple with there safari 4 beta are leading in the speed stakes with googles chrome 2.0 beta and mozillas firefox 3.5 beta close behind and as I’m sure most people would expect Microsoft’s Internet explorer 7 and 8 taking up last place 8 being the slightest bit faster of the two.
Although at the time of typing google’s chrome has the highest one off score with a score of 5910
I have tried the test myself which everyone can if they go HERE And scored a 2033 in chrome 22.214.171.124 and a slower 724 in firefox 3.010
You are given a fairly good feedback as to what the browser performed well in and what it didn’t, also the faq has a lot of information and explains that the reason for the seemingly strange name of peacekeeper is all down to the so called browser wars. Its well worth a quick read over Here
Do the test and post the results in the comments I would be intresteed to see them.