Can Chrome remain so much stronger than Firefox once a pile of extensions or added on? That's the question and now is your chance to start finding out the answer. It's been more than a year since Google launched Chrome, but today is a big day for the browser.
The one bit of bad news is that neither the official Mac version nor the developer version we've been testing for months - called Chromium - are allowed to install extensions from the official extension directory. You can, however, get a good view of the breadth of extensions available, and many extensions have links to their developer sites where you can find Mac installs unencumbered. You should probably just install Chromium, savvy readers. If you're on a Mac, download this app that TechCrunch made to easily upgrade your developer install with just a click at any time.
In the mean time, the independent site ChromeExtensions.org remains a great place to find extensions for your browser. The site is crawling right now, though.
Now we'll see how a Chrome loaded down with extensions can do. Google says it shouldn't be a problem: "Chromium's extensive performance monitoring infrastructure has helped us ensure extensions affect Google Chrome's speed as little as possible."