A long wait, but this should be the functionality to launch Chrome into the mainstream.
For those tempted but not yet convinced to swap over to Google’s lightening Chrome browser there tends to be a common reason for their hesitancy: extensions.
This is all about to change however with after session topics for Google’s I/O developer conference in May were posted including the unambiguously titled: ‘Developing extensions for Google Chrome’.
“Learn how Google Chrome makes it easy to write extensions using the web technologies you already know,” explains the synopsis. “This talk will cover the basics of the extension system (distribution/packaging, installation, updates), as well as the different APIs to enhance with the browser.”
Presumably given the 27 May date for this session Chrome will have the functionality up and running before this to aid familiarity and generate ideas. If not, the three month gap could prove a major obstruction to wider user take-up. I for one know without versions/equivalents of Content Search, Tab Mix Plus, Converter, Gmail Notifier, Twitterfox, Boox and Forecastfox I won’t be making the switch to Google’s otherwise hugely tempting browser and it will be restricted to Gmail/Google Calendar application shortcut roles.
Come on Google, step it up. After all this is core functionality and it is not like Chrome is in beta anymore…