Why does Google Chrome need so much disk space?

20 Mar 2011
20 Mar 2011 | |

OK, I realize that disk space is not an issue most people bother to think about, but what in Google Chrome 10 makes it require ten times the disk space of other browsers?

Google Chrome 10 – 345.82MB (almost as much as Open Office!)
Firefox 3.6 – 30.82MB
Opera 11 – 27.54 (including mail)

PARTIAL ANSWER: installing a new version does not remove the previous version. Manually removing old version and installer reduces size (in Windows, under users>app data>local) to 89MB, so it’s not quite as much a hog.

But still, why three times as large as FF or Opera?