The Browser Race

Last night I installed Google’s new Chrome browser.  Now, there are a lot of interesting opinions ranging from “who needs another browser” to real excitement.  You can try for yourself here.  Personally, I don’t need another browser.  The QuickBase team certainly doesn’t need another thing to test.  What I do need (and I think we all benefit from) is competition.  Microsoft had stopped doing any significant development on Internet Explorer after Netscape became irrelevant but has jumped back in now that FireFox has gained share and made IE a lot better.  Competition works.  Just one day after Chrome was released FireFox is getting defensive.  TechCrunch just posted this article: Mozilla Fights Back With New Firefox Benchmarks where they claim that the upcoming release of Firefox 3.1 will be much faster than Google’s Chrome.  Apparently nobody believes Internet Explorer is in the game at this point although version 8 is on the horizon.

So, back to specifics.  When I run QuickBase with Chrome it is amazingly fast and at least for now, it will be my browser of choice – we’ll see what problems I run into.  So, have you tried Chrome?  What browser do you use and why?  What’s the fastest?

Bill Lucchini

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  • http://www.brofort.com/ Rick Whitley

    Quickbase would benefit from being more mobile. You guys even have a third party developer who has a system that works on Windows mobile, but I stumbled upon them by fluke. Why not trumpet that system? I switched our whole company to a new cell phone provider 2 months before I found out about the Windows mobile solution. Had I know at the time all of my project managers would have WM phones but I now need to wait til 3 year contracts expire.

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  • http://www.brofort.com Rick Whitley

    Quickbase would benefit from being more mobile. You guys even have a third party developer who has a system that works on Windows mobile, but I stumbled upon them by fluke. Why not trumpet that system? I switched our whole company to a new cell phone provider 2 months before I found out about the Windows mobile solution. Had I know at the time all of my project managers would have WM phones but I now need to wait til 3 year contracts expire.

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  • http://www.sknt.com/ Fab

    Try to grid edit a quickbase app with Chrome and copy & paste. Mine didn’t work. My personal experience so far is being excellent since I~m a lot involved Quickbase applications design & maintenance, however FF3 is still my choice.

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  • http://www.sknt.com Fab

    Try to grid edit a quickbase app with Chrome and copy & paste. Mine didn’t work. My personal experience so far is being excellent since I~m a lot involved Quickbase applications design & maintenance, however FF3 is still my choice.

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  • Mike Chatelain

    Yes, Chrome is faster. I tested it with two identical side-by-side computers. Loading/showing QB reports takes 25-50% less time with Chrome. Opening attached PDF files takes 2-3 times longer. But the Table Customizing features (Properties, Fields, Forms, Reports, etc.), were twice as fast! Adding a new field has never been this quick. I also like the look/feel of Chrome. Nevertheless, I’ll stick with IE7 because it’s the preference of nearly all of my users.

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  • Mike Chatelain

    Yes, Chrome is faster. I tested it with two identical side-by-side computers. Loading/showing QB reports takes 25-50% less time with Chrome. Opening attached PDF files takes 2-3 times longer. But the Table Customizing features (Properties, Fields, Forms, Reports, etc.), were twice as fast! Adding a new field has never been this quick. I also like the look/feel of Chrome. Nevertheless, I’ll stick with IE7 because it’s the preference of nearly all of my users.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ la poutine

    Not on the mac yet…. snore….

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  • http://www.facebook.com la poutine

    Not on the mac yet…. snore….

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  • Ramon

    I regulary access Quickbase on my iphone and it is very limited: the menus do not displayed and in case the report is a long one it is not fully loaded and you are not able to see the full report, only the beginning. Do you have a similar experience? Any solutions found?

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  • Ramon

    I regulary access Quickbase on my iphone and it is very limited: the menus do not displayed and in case the report is a long one it is not fully loaded and you are not able to see the full report, only the beginning. Do you have a similar experience? Any solutions found?

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  • http://www.baseforbusiness.com/ David Bruton

    I have been using Firefox, and will consider Chrome once it gets out of Beta. However, Firefox 3.1 that uses TraceMonkey is supposed to be even better with JavaScript. I just hope that with the increasing share of Firefox, QuickBase will be made more compatible for Firefox. For example, the copy parent children Javascript routine does not work properly and the report headings do not freeze at the top or left of the page when viewing a report that is too long or too wide to fit on the screen at once. Telling customers this is because QuickBase is designed for Internet Explorer is less credible.

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  • http://www.baseforbusiness.com David Bruton

    I have been using Firefox, and will consider Chrome once it gets out of Beta. However, Firefox 3.1 that uses TraceMonkey is supposed to be even better with JavaScript. I just hope that with the increasing share of Firefox, QuickBase will be made more compatible for Firefox. For example, the copy parent children Javascript routine does not work properly and the report headings do not freeze at the top or left of the page when viewing a report that is too long or too wide to fit on the screen at once. Telling customers this is because QuickBase is designed for Internet Explorer is less credible.

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  • Alex

    I use Chrome almost exclusively, EXCEPT for QuickBase. QB’s grid edit does not work well with Chrome, as I’m often unable to type characters into cells. This is somewhat key functionality for the way I use QuickBase.

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  • Alex

    I use Chrome almost exclusively, EXCEPT for QuickBase. QB’s grid edit does not work well with Chrome, as I’m often unable to type characters into cells. This is somewhat key functionality for the way I use QuickBase.

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  • Laura Hillier

    I love Chrome, including for QuickBase, because it is so fast; but lately every update from QuickBase reveals incompatibility/inconsistency issues with QuickBase for Development.  For instance, I’m doing unnecessary scrolling because the windows are not rendering the same way they do in Firefox and IE.  I avoid IE as much as I can these days.  I hope Intuit can work on their browser compatibility before releasing major updates. 

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