A Chrome experience

Introduction

I am one of those people who started using Chrome not long after it became available mostly because I like the Google brand and I find it useful in the real world. At home I use nothing else. The last time I deliberately chose Internet Explorer was when I had to send my tax return.

At work it tends to be Explorer on Windows XP. That is how our software has evolved. With time, like all businesses, more and more work has moved on to the web. In fact after power failure, then software/hardware failure, the third biggest problem we could have is not being work via the web. We can survive but we don’t like it.

Problem

Over time Explorer 7 became clunkier and slower to load. IE8 is quicker than IE7 and we have migrated to IE8. Today we had a problem with access to PDF invoices over web from one of our suppliers. (I suspect that there has been an upgrade with IE8 and the suppliers software has not yet caught up with it. )

Solution

I had downloaded Chrome and was using it on two other terminals firstly as a trial and then continued to use because of its quick loading of one of our work-related websites. I suggested to the colleague concerned that we download Chrome and try that to access the PDF invoices. It took 5 minutes to download and set up Chrome. The colleague needed access to the websites of our two major suppliers, this was achieved and the necessary webpages were bookmarked by simple drag-and-drop. From Go to Whoa, it would have taken 10 minutes. We won’t stop using Explorer simply because most of our staff are comfortable with Explorer and our major software provider uses IE in various applications.

Please note, Chrome does not require Adobe Acrobat to read PDF’s so all that Adobe nagware is not activated.

Conclusion

As we approach the end of the normal Australian financial year we do not want any interruptions. Setting up Chrome was quick and did not significantly slow my regular work on a busy morning.

The ideal solution would have been to contact the IT people at our supplier and discuss this issue, we will still do that. We won’t stop using Explorer simply because most of our staff are comfortable with Explorer and our major software provider uses IE in various applications. I will admit that with software if it is not broken don’t fix it. (As an example we have to use a certain older version of Java).

 

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