December 11, 2008

Google’s Chrome Is Ready To Compete

After 100 days of its debut, Google is taking its Web browser out of the test mode state.

Chrome, Google's browser, is an important step for Google in their attempt to lure Web surfers away from leading browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Google hopes that Chrome will give better insights about users' preferences and extend the popularity of its online applications, which are suppose to run more smoothly using Chrome.

Chrome has attracted more than 10 million active users from around the world since its Sept. 2 introduction, according to a Google blog post that announced the browsers upgrade.

According to Google, they decided to take Chrome out of beta because of improvements to the browser's stability and security.  Also, Chrome now does a better job of playing videos and audio than when it was first introduced, as well as loads pages even more quickly, while offering more controls over bookmarks and privacy.

People already using Chrome will have the updates automatically.

Other Google products did not shed the beta tag as quickly.  The Mountain View-based company's new section stayed in beta for more than three years after its 2002 debut and its free email service remains in beta more than 4 1/2 years after it hit the market.

Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer currently holds about 70 percent of the market while Mozilla's Firefox has about 20 percent.  Apple Inc.'s Safari browser has less than 10 percent, followed by Chrome with only 1 percent.


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