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>> Chrome's appeal was primarily technical. Each tab got its own process and could crash without taking down the entire browser.

>Curious, I remember speed being the primary reason

It was probably both. I know I was definitely sick of sites (mostly Flash) crashing the browser and throwing my entire session in the bin. I was probably already using some Gecko-based "light" browser instead of Firefox, but V8 did make a difference when using the emerging web app style sites like Gmail.

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