posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Dec 2008 22:18 UTC
IconAfter just 100 days, Google has lifted the veil of betaness off its web browser, Chrome, by releasing version 1.0. When Chrome made its first public appearance earlier this year, it was met with positive reveiws due to its JavaScript performance, as well as its robust multithreaded model. Now that the beta label has been ripped off Chrome, Google can't hide itself anymore: Chrome will now have to take Firefox and Internet Explorer head-on.

In the blog announcement, Google explains that the road doesn't end here. Chrome may have reached version 1.0, but a lot of vital functionality is still missing.

We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met but our work is far from done. We are working to add some common browser features such as form autofill and RSS support in the near future. We are also developing an extensions platform along with support for Mac and Linux. If you are already using Google Chrome, the update system ensures that you get the latest bug fixes and security patches, so you will get the newest version automatically in the next few days.

The company also explains that the beta period helped in fixing and improving specific areas of the browser. Plug-in performance has been improved greatly, in addition to regular speed improvements. They also delivered better bookmark management tools, as well as improved import/export tools.

Google Chrome 1.0 for Windows is available, versions for Linux and Mac OS X are in development.

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