Convenience. There are a lot of small things that Chrome does that others don’t. All of the major plug-ins are already installed. It keeps track of the sites I frequently visit and places them on my home page when I load the browser.
Design. I’m sick of the fact that every tool I install into Firefox or IE wants to consume a toolbar. Chrome’s default UI, with a few simple tabs at the top of the page, is clever and maximizes the real estate I have to work with on the screen. They’ve broken the Windows GUI paradigm, but they’ve made it better.
There are some gotchas, however.
Installation. Chrome breaks the Windows install paradigm. It doesn’t put the application code in the program files directory, opting to install in the hidden directory AppDataLocal. What does that mean? Every “user” on a computer has to install Chrome themselves, including users without Administrator privilege. Not only is it a waste of disk space, it’s a security flaw.
Compatibility. I’ve encountered several sites now which don’t work properly in Chrome.
Overall, Chrome gets an enthusiastic two thumbs up from me. If this is what browsers will be in the future, bring it on. I’m ready.