First, let's start by saying that having a new web browser on the market to shake things up is never going to be a bad thing; and having something fresh from Ben Goodger is always going to be fun. The other people on the Chrome team sound smart as well, and it's clear that they're trying to solve a problem using a savvy blend of UI nous, applied research, and good software development. All that stuff about testing? Awesome. Oh, and using Scott McCloud for your promo literature is inspired.
Okay, so - disclaimers. I don't use web mail, which would definitely be an application, and would probably count for a reasonable amount of my usage online if I used it. I do use Facebook, sometimes, but I don't have it open anywhere right now; in fact, I almost never leave Facebook open, except for event information, which in my book is a web page not a web application. However I'm perfectly prepared to admit that I might be unusual. Freakish, even.
What's that you say, Lassie? Little Timmy's done what?.
However it's a huge deal to bring a new browser to market (or even to beta), so congratulations to the Google Chrome team (although... Chrome... really?). As they say, it's open source, so everyone can learn from each other. (Although of course strictly speaking this is Chris diBona wafflecrap, but that's for another post entirely.) But I'm not convinced this is on the critical path between us and jetpacks. Not even little ones.