Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jan 2010 00:04 UTC
Google Finally! Google has released version 4.0 of Chrome for Windows, bringing the much-anticipated extensions framework out of beta and into the stable channel. Currently, more than 1500 extensions are already available. Version 4.0 carries more features than just extensions, though.
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RE: Version Marketing?
by MechR on Tue 26th Jan 2010 03:46 UTC in reply to "Version Marketing?"
MechR
Member since:
2006-01-11

Firefox has been jumping by arbitrary fractions since 1.0. If anything, Chrome consistently incrementing by ones is less marketing-driven.

Plus they are developing pretty quickly, partly due to starting so bare-bones:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_chrome#Release_history

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RE[2]: Version Marketing?
by kwanbis on Tue 26th Jan 2010 04:21 in reply to "RE: Version Marketing?"
kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

Version number is always arbitrary.

But the point is that from 1.0 to 4.0 in 1.5 years is tooooo marketing.

If mozilla wanted marketing, they could have called 3.6 4.0.

But they didn't.

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RE[3]: Version Marketing?
by MechR on Tue 26th Jan 2010 06:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Version Marketing?"
MechR Member since:
2006-01-11

Version number is always arbitrary.

Then why do you care if Chrome goes up by 1's instead of 0.1's?

But the point is that from 1.0 to 4.0 in 1.5 years is tooooo marketing.

If by "marketing" you mean "simpler," then I guess so. Since it's all arbitrary, you might as well cut the modesty and estimation and decimals, and just increment by one every time. Let people who care read the release notes if they want to find out "how much" has changed.

If mozilla wanted marketing, they could have called 3.6 4.0.

But they didn't.

... This time. Previously they jumped from 2.0 straight to 3.0, and the plan after 3.7 is to skip to 4.

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RE[3]: Version Marketing?
by Kroc on Tue 26th Jan 2010 08:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Version Marketing?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Chrome’s version number is for developer’s only. They do not relay it to the end user at all. It’s not used in any marketing, anywhere on their download page. The _only_ place a user can see the number is in the about box.

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RE[2]: Version Marketing?
by smitty on Tue 26th Jan 2010 05:56 in reply to "RE: Version Marketing?"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Firefox has been jumping by arbitrary fractions since 1.0.

Any system at all is somewhat arbitrary, but Firefox does have a system.

They reserve the major version updates (2,3,4) for releases that have major changes to the UI. For updates that change the browser core but only slightly update the UI, they bump by .5 instead (except they went for 3.6 instead of 3.10 because it's less confusing to people)

"Major" UI change is a bit of a judgment call, of course, but I don't think they've done anything too crazy. If they were being marketing driven, it seems like they'd update a whole version every release.

Edited 2010-01-26 05:58 UTC

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RE[2]: Version Marketing?
by righard on Tue 26th Jan 2010 13:56 in reply to "RE: Version Marketing?"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

Look at the version numbers:
1.0
2.0
3.0.195
4.0.249
4.0.306
You that the second 0 never increases? If they consistently increment by ones for anything else then marketing purposes the second zero would be useless.

the version number is done for marketing purposes, because there are many people who rather use IE6 then Chrome 3.0 because the verion of IE is higher, thus better. It's like a maskerated version of what distributions like Slackware did.

Not that I care though ;)

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RE[3]: Version Marketing?
by Kroc on Tue 26th Jan 2010 17:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Version Marketing?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

the version number is done for marketing purposes


Except that it’s not used in any marketing, anywhere. It’s done for developer’s purposes.

Both IE and Chrome do not advertise their version number. IE6 does not say "IE6" on the desktop—it says Internet Explorer. Not many users could tell you what version of IE they are on. Some people can’t even tell me what version of Windows they are on, and it says "Windows XP" everytime the computer boots.

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