What's this? A Google app that isn't going to sit in beta for five years...?
Yep, unlike Gmail (technically it is four years nine months), it seems Google is fast tracking its Chrome browser to the scary 1.0 milestone just nine weeks since its original launch.
Speaking to Le Web 08, Google VP Marissa Mayer confirmed this radical change of approach saying the motivation behind it was to enable OEMs to ship Chrome preinstalled on PCs. Apparently no beta software of any kind is allowed to go onto commercial systems - a rule that's a new one on me.
Now while Google's browser has impressed us all, not least in our Chrome First Impressions this is still surprising news. After all - as of 11 December - the current version of Chrome is just '0.4.154.29' which sounds a fair way from fully baked to me, especially considering some of the considerable security indexing problems it suffered in its first month.
That said, this does illustrate a new ruthlessness in Google which has been building since the launch of Android and with a new desktop Android release potentially in the works too it seems the search giant is at long last about to make a much anticipated move to usurp Windows on multiple form factors.
Roll on 2009!