Chrome out of beta

In a move that’s somewhat unusual for Google, they released version 1.0 of their Chrome browser today. This probably eliminates the last reason not to try this new browser for people who are hesitant to try beta software. Versions 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 were already pretty stable, and judging from the announcement blog post they’ve managed to make it even faster.

If you haven’t already, your should try Chrome. I’ve used it as my default browser for months now, and it’s a delight. Whenever I need to go back to Firefox (mostly to test client work) it feels sluggish and heavy by comparison. The only key feature currently missing from Chrome is an extension system, but that’s exactly what they’re working on. Let’s hope the find a way to incorporate that and still retain Chrome’s incredible speed.

On a side note: Gmail remains a beta, even though I’ve pretty much been torture-testing it for years now and it hasn’t so much as hiccuped in all that time.

Roy | December 12, 2008 | English,Software | Comments (4)
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4 Comments

  1. That is pretty unusual of Google. I guess they realized the potential of having their own browser with all that tracking technology to bombard with more ads. Another plus point, the privacy statement (being sarcastic).

    So I guess Google wants to see how much bank balance you have!

    Comment by Sid — December 12, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  2. Be nice if it was available for Macs though…

    Comment by Maestro — December 12, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  3. Between the lack of an ad blocker, the always-resident GoogleUpdate.exe, and the way it resubmits forms when you hit the back button, I’ve lost all interest in Chrome. I was very impressed with the first version but they’ll have to do something pretty major to catch my attention again. I removed some of my Firefox extensions and the only thing it seems to do slower than Chrome is start up.

    Comment by Brian — December 12, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  4. Link: Tell Chrome who you are! | Roy Tanck’s weblog