Google Chrome Launched Out Of Beta

...but is it premature?

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.

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