But I can't. I have a hatred of third party browsers in Enterprise environments, love Firefox from a single user standpoint but hate managing it for work. I start hearing rumors about Chrome being the next third party browser to support, so I grab the latest build after some research to get a head start on the solving future headaches if it happens.
My main gripes with supporting Firefox and other third party browsers for the past 7 years:
No MSI installer so I have to repackage everything
No ADM, ADMX, ADML templates to centrally manage settings
SharePoint (I hate SharePoint but I have to support it) login
Backend management consoles to manage servers and appliances usually don't work
So knowing these things I download Chrome and I prepare for the inevitable frustrations I know I'm going to encounter.
First thing that got me going "hmm this might not suck so bad", Google distributes an Enterprise Version in an MSI format. Ok whatever some companies do that and usually I have to mod them heavily sometimes.
Next thing I see on the Enterprise page is management templates for Active Directory (why firefox missed this boat I will never know). I download the zip file pop it open and to my surprise it has ADM templates, ADML templates, deploy-able Apple policies and Linux policies. I'm in Engineer heaven at this point.
SharePoint time, in most browsers pass through authentication (you sign into Windows and it uses your network account session to log into SharePoint) doesn't usually work on third party browsers. I go to click the log in button and realize I'm logged in...
So now I'm angry, because this is going too well. Firefox drives me nuts with things like SharePoint. So I am now intent on finding something to hate so I can be an angry engineer. I go to set my proxy settings and damnit it uses the system settings that we specified in our Group Policy...
It's to easy and I don't like that because easy in IT means large problems somewhere. I spent two hours throwing scripting tools against the browser to test for vulnerabilities, bugs, and being as nasty as I could. The only problem I found was Project Server 2007 doesn't have a browser check for Chrome and won't load, apparently there is a patch coming out soon for that also.
I then go to load the Flash plugin, well darnit Google you did it again they integrate Flash into the browser and when Chrome updates the darn Flash version updates without having to deploy a secondary application install.
I so wanted to hate this browser because let's be frank the more applications installed means more work for me, and most times third party applications means headaches, scripting work arounds to increase security or add functions. As I typed this the darn browser has a built in spell checker adding yet another thing I like.
I also spent last night searching for anything security related that would throw a red flag. I found some issues but they have all been fixed and relatively quickly also.
Today I get to play with the group policy templates and I'm going to hammer the browser some more in the Apple and Linux environment to see just how secure it can be. I'm hoping I can find something that makes me hate Chrome in some way because if I don't it ruins my salty desktop engineer attitude! I'm supposed to be angry and distrustful at third party applications, I am not supposed to like them.
I'm amazed that I'm given something that is easily deploy-able, managed and maintained.