December 9, 2009
Google Chrome For Mac
Users can now download the public beta of Google Chrome for Mac, as the Web browser software was finally made available Tuesday.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin admitted this year that Chrome's absence on the Mac platform was an embarrassment for his company. The company worked to ensure that the beta version of the browser would reach a deadline of the end of 2009.
The download, available direct from Google, is 17.6MB. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, and only runs on Intel processors.
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've been working hard to deliver a first-class browser for the Mac "” it took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it!" the development team said on its official blog. "We wanted Google Chrome to feel at home on the Mac, so we've focused on uniting our clean, simple design with subtle animations and effects to create a snappy and satisfying browsing experience on OS X. As you might expect, the speed of Google Chrome for Mac is something we're very proud of. If you have a Mac, try installing the beta and see how fast it launches "” there's hardly even time for the icon in the dock to bounce!"
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