chrome is good, but I have never had problems with explorer (the IE6 CSS issue has long since been fixed). Granted, they modeled the tab thing after chrome (because it's a damn good feature), but that just makes me not need to open chrome as much.
I get the hatin against Microsoft, it's the cool thing to do, people want to be 1337, it used to have issues, people have bad memories, and it's like a terrible break up where you just aren't sure if you can trust again, but I have almost 0 issues with any Microsoft products I've ever used. Even with Windows Vista after SP2 (granted it took 2 service packs, but it was still stable for me).
I'm not hating against people that want to use other products (in fact, I really support it because it just means the competition will bring better products), I just think it's funny when people blindly get angry over anything Microsoft.