InfoWorld has an article comparing the beta versions of Chrome from Google and Internet Explorer 8 from Microsoft at Lab test: Google Chrome vs. Internet Explorer 8.
One thing I really liked about Chrome is that a problem in one tab doesn't lead to the whole browser crashing. Each tab is associated with a separate process, unlike for other browsers, such as Firefox and versions of Internet Explorer prior to version 8. I haven't tried Internet Explorer 8 yet, but I've long been aggravated by Internet Explorer's tendency to crash due to a problem with one webpage. I tend to have many webpages open at once and I like to be able to retrace my steps leading to a particular webpage by using the back button. I've always liked Opera's ability to reopen the browser after a crash and have all of my tabs restored, plus be able to backup within a tab to view webpages I've visited to get to the current one.