The title is phrased as a question in order to invite you to test and confirm (or refute) my observation. test: Block outbound connections to the google.com domain (windows HOSTS file, or proxy) result: The browser becomes "crippled" ~~ unable to even display an html document residing on the local drive. Further, it's unable (refusing!) to even display an imagefile drag-n-dropped onto the browser window. I found an identical result when I tested the latest "official" Chrome broswer, the "PortableApps Chrome" build, and several recent Chromium Win32 builds.