Google Instant - for those of you too impatient to finish typing
    By Hank Campbell | September 8th 2010 04:29 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    Google Instant is basically a way to show you results as you type, sort of like your browser's ability to complete a URL as you type it in.  Estimate: 2-5 seconds saved per Google Instant search and maybe even optimizing your search when you are not sure exactly what you want or how to spell it.

    To allay concerns that results for improper words don't show up, like the first three letters of the word 'assign' showing you things you don't want your kids to see, filters are still in place and they say Google Instant is deactivated for slow connections.

    Well, Google Instant is also deactivated for a lot of users because it is only available in Chrome (of course), Safari (which is what Chrome is built on), Firefox and Internet Explorer.   Don't feel bad, European and Wii and mobile users - they are sure to add Google Instant into Opera some day.   It's still new.

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    It works perfectly in Opera if you set it to identify itself as one of the other browsers. Apparently Google specifically checks for Opera and blocks this new feature from it. I was under the impression that Google supported web standards which allow any software (as long as it supports those standards) to present those web pages to the user. Yet they then only allow specific clients that they like...

    Hank
    That's a terrific point, I didn't think about setting it to show as a different browser.  For things like my bank that don't take Opera (even using browser identification) I just use FF but I don't like it.  It may be that Google wants to limit tech support so they are keeping the list finite.