Chrome is leaving Beta tag behind

Google's Chrome is going from strength to strength with new features being added in the nightly builds and being announced, so its no surprise that Google are considering dropping the beta tag for the software. Google's Vice President Marissa Mayer announced that Chrome was leaving the Beta to Michael Arrington from Techcrunch at Le Web 2008. What this means is that the browser will probably now be added to the Google pack and the Toolbar download.

Google recently have been trying to make all their services more usable via the Google Labs. Gmail has benefited from a video chat plugin that allows you to chat from your inbox live on webcam, another feature added was the addition to allow you to view your documents sent to you from Google's web Word Processor without having to leave the inbox. Interestingly from Google Lab's also comes their Native Client project which could be a future feature for the Chrome browser. One of the main features of the Native project is the ability to run applications from inside a browser, for example you could run an image processing program without having to use round trips to a server which would take time.

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This would be a first...

That said, Chrome is here because IE8 is going to have the ability for adblocking. Imagine a browser with 90% market share (or high, not sure of the number) that can block 100% of Google's revenue.

Not to say that Chrome is bad -- but it's becoming a necessity for Google to put it out and hope they can get folks to use it. Webkit is nice, I like Chrome's JS engine, but Firefox 3.1 seems to be even faster and have built-in support for far more extensions. I'd rather Google have supported that project instead, but they went an alternate route which in my opinion, just shows their desperation on that point.

We will see though... Firefox is continually improving and I'm loving it, so hopefully they can keep it up!

Does Chrome support tabbed browsing? Also, wasn't there a big security issue with its initial release. What engine is Chrome based from? Sorry for all the questions, but am interested in your opinions before downloading. Right now I use IE7, and honestly, it does everything I need from a browser. Have tried FireFox and Safari, but keep coming back to IE. My only complaint with my current browser is that it is a bit slower when opening mulitiple tabs; even though my computer and connections are both fast.

webkit, same engine under safari, but googles updated their version quite drastickly, its fast as hell at java, flash and most other browser based apps.

try http://InstantAction.com u copy the safari or ff plugin into the chromes plugins folder and BAM IA works stunningly better, some of the games have shown 60+fps boost from it!!!

PF Prophet said,
webkit, same engine under safari, but googles updated their version quite drastickly, its fast as hell at java, flash and most other browser based apps.

try http://InstantAction.com u copy the safari or ff plugin into the chromes plugins folder and BAM IA works stunningly better, some of the games have shown 60+fps boost from it!!!


Thnx, Prophet. Will give it a try.

Google should let the user choose the install location, so it can be installed into [drive]:\Program Files\ or another partition/folder.
Also Google should not gather ANY information through the browser.

If it changes this things, il be a happy chrome user...

Haval_Kocher said,
I beg to differ, there are a lot of little things/bugs they can improve on before removing the "beta" tag in my opinion.

The same can be said from pretty much every Microsoft product ever released, or ALL software for that matter. It always gets released with things that could be improved upon and fixed. That doesn't mean everything has to stay with the beta tag on it forever.

So chrome has been out for a short time and the beta tag is removed but google mail still has it's.

On the topic of running web applications within the browser ain't that part of the gears project?

Chrono951 said,
Why do you need to chat from your inbox via webcam?


You never know, you might want to talk to the guys sending you the ENLARGE YOUR PENIS emails...you know for like clarification and stuff!

Now that's interesting. Ability to run applications in the server without needing to do round trips. I'd love to see an example of this.