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Google Chrome Launched Out Of Beta

Gordon Kelly


Google Chrome Launched Out Of Beta

I never thought I'd say this but: I've been surprised by the speed of a Google product development cycle!

The lightening quick turnaround of course refers to Chrome, Google's impressive debut entry into the web browser space which was only unveiled for the first time little more than three months ago.

Speaking on its official blog today the company explained "In just 100 days, we have reached more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product. We're excited to announce that with today's fifteenth release we are taking off the "beta" label!"

What improvements shall we see in version ''? Well in truth there are more tweaks than major innovations/alterations with a rash of bug fixes, a further JavaScript speed boost and expanded bookmark and privacy controls. Google also reiterated that it is working hard on still absent basics such as form autofill, RSS support and an overdue extensions platform. Mac and Linux versions are also planned for early next year.

"We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met," added Google. Personally, while I'm a big fan of Chrome I'm not so sure and if anything I've found tabs to crash more frequently in the last month than its first. For me the L plates are off too soon, but then again we all know what the real motivation is...

So for now Firefox retains its default status.


Official Blog Post


December 12, 2008, 6:35 pm

And Gmail's still in Beta why?

Robert Elliot

December 12, 2008, 7:33 pm

Because if it's in Beta then everyone using it is simply participating in a beta cycle, and can have no complaints if the service is withdrawn without ever going "live" or a charge is introduced when it goes "live".

Francesco Mastellone

December 13, 2008, 8:01 pm

Because Google Mail is not an application you would preload on machines you're going to sell, and that is the actual reason Google Chrome was pushed out of beta for, as the article hints at.

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