After only 100 days and fifteen updates, Google has taken the “beta” label off Chrome, its WebKit based browser. Given that the company has a penchant for keeping products like Gmail or Google Docs in perpetual beta, it comes as a bit of a surprise that Google already considers Chrome to be a 1.0 product.
Extensions Coming Soon
According to Google, the next step in the development of Chrome will be the addition of an extension architecture similar to Firefox’s. Google is also planning to release Mac and Linux versions soon.
Lots of Users Already
Here at RWW, about 5.2% of our readers used Chrome in November (which is down from the 6.3% we saw when it launched in September and a lot of folks decided to give it a try) and a lot of our writers also use it on a daily basis. In comparison, about 2% of our readers use Opera and 9% use Safari.
A New Focus on Speed