Are you know that Google launched its own browser called Chrome? Already using it? It's good, but if not - you are losing in productivity, because it is first browser designed with productivity in mind, and I have 10 reasons to show you why.
And, please, do not mind of its "Beta" status - Gmail still Beta since 2004, but this does not prevent millions of people from successfully using it every day.
1. Ultimate browser speed
2. Integrated search into address bar
Unlike any other known browser, Google Chrome does not divide address bar and site search pane. You have to type address you want to open or search string you want to find into one combined box. When you type Chrome looks through addressed previously visited by you and like Google Suggest service makes queries to the search service in real time. If you just type a string (not domain name) and hit Enter, you'll open search results with this string. It is really cool feature that will save you a lot of time, but it requires a bit of adaptation do get most of it.
3. New tab opens with your favorite links and most visited pages
If you launch a new browser window or just open a new empty tab, you are ready to visit some site, aren't you? If you are not a newbie to Internet, it is very high probability that you'll open one site from you bookmarks or will go to any other site that you like the most, even if it is not stored in your bookmarks. Google Chrome helps you in such scenario opening not empty window, but some kind of a visual menu displaying your bookmarks, most visited pages and recently closed tabs. Such feature will save you a lot of time, greatly reducing a number of clicks and keyboard strokes you have to make every day surfing the Internet.
4. Get most of your screen
Google Chrome economically uses your screen space - that means that you can view more information at one time and have less time losses to scrolling. It has no main menu bar that some other browsers have and display on top of the window even if not needed. Also Chrome does not display status bar, just popups ribbons which disappears when not needed. Also size of title and address bars noticeably smaller than other popular browsers (as displayed on image). Yes, you can customize any other browser to have minimalistic look, but you'll loose in productivity compared to optimized out of the box interface in Chrome.
5. One-click bookmarks with categorizing
Like FireFox 3, Google Chrome displays a star near address bar where you can click to add a bookmark. You do not have to, but if you want, you can name your bookmark or choose a folder for it. This convenient feature greatly simplifies dealing with bookmarks and is a bit more considered than FF3 has.
6. Shortcuts to web apps
With Google Chrome you can make shortcuts to your favorite Web services like regular applications on your Desktop, Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar. When you activate such shortcut, Chrome starts with simplified interface without address bar. With a such feature you do not have to start browser first to open you favorite Web service. Although another browsers provide similar approach opening shortcuts, they do not modify interface and do not free space on the screen.
7. Offline mode based on Google Gears
Chrome introduces offline mode based on Google Gears technology. This mode allows to continue work with supported sites even if Internet connection is closed. Actually, in this mode browser browser works like operating system running application and providing a disk space for it. Now, with offline mode in Chrome your productivity is not bound to permanent Internet connection, you can take a part of the Web where you want.
8. Tabs management
Chrome raises tabs management to a really new level. You can reorder your tabs, drag them between different browser windows and even put them out of browser to open new window. This feature is especially useful when you prefer multi-monitor workplace.
9. Independent processes for opened tabs
Each tab in Google Chrome opens as a separate process in operating system. This means that you are protected now against possible browser crashes - if one window or tab fails, all other will run without any consequences and you do not have to restart a browser and reopen all tabs. Also independent processes for browser windows are optimized for speed on modern multicore CPU's.
10. Incognito mode
Google Chrome introduces "Incognito mode" where you can open links without any activity recorded to browser history. How this can increase your productivity? Very simple: you do not have to waste your time to clean out activity recorded by browser.