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.