Google releases Chrome browser for Macintosh computers

December 8, 2009
A visitor walks past the logo of internet search engine giant Google at a trade fair. Google on Tuesday released a version of its Chrome Web browser for Macintosh computers in a challenge to Safari software Apple offers users of its machines.

Google on Tuesday released a version of its Chrome Web browser for Macintosh computers in a challenge to Safari software Apple offers users of its machines.

"We took a hefty dose of goodness from the Windows version to build a fast, polished for Mac," software engineers John Grabowski and Mike Pinkerton of the Google Chrome team said in a blog post.

Late last year Google released a Chrome browser for personal computers running on Windows software made by technology rival Microsoft, which promotes its own browsers.

The Macintosh version of Chrome is in "beta," or test, mode and does not yet have customization features such as allowing extension programs or bookmark management, according to the engineers.

Google on Tuesday also released a beta version of Chrome for computers running on open-source Linux operating systems.

Linux and Windows compatible versions of Chrome could be customized with features such as mini "extension" programs.

"We hope the betas for Mac, Linux and extensions were some of the things on your wish list this year," product manager Brian Rakowski said in a blog post.

(c) 2009 AFP

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not rated yet Dec 08, 2009
I've been running the developer preview of Chrome for OSX for the past three or so months. It hasn't been very buggy, crashes less often than my Firefox install, uses less memory, and gives me noticeably better performance on heavy sites (lots of javascript or php).

Add-ons will be nice, but I definitely encourage anyone who's looking for a speedy alternative to give it a shot. On the Windows side of the house, use it with Xmarks to synch your bookmarks/passwords between browsers and PCs.

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