What do these numbers mean in the real world? I notice the difference on sites such as Zipcar, which has an in-browser reservation tool, and Slate, which packs its home page with pop-down menus. Chrome hesitates less than it used to when I navigate Slate’s menus or drag my Zipcar reservation around to reschedule.
Chrome 2 also adds an auto-fill feature for Web forms, a standard browser trick oddly missing from the first version. And as I accidentally learned when I hit my F11 key, F11 toggles a new full-screen mode on and off. I don’t use it much, because Google’s product management has resisted the urge to begin packing the browser’s minimalist top area with toolbars and controls, unlike Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Chrome 2 is the closest thing yet to an embedded kiosk mode for Web-based software. One more feature I want: A way to turn off all keyboard shortcuts so my typos don’t shut the window on a half hour’s work.
[Image from ZD’s Hardware 2.0 blog]