Google Gears Up to Release Chrome for Mac and Linux
Article by George Norman
On 12 Jan 2009
There is no denying that the Google development team is doing a pretty fast job in releasing one version of Chrome after another (the most recent being Google Chrome 2.0 pre-Beta). That statement is true when it comes to the Windows specific version of Chrome; the simple truth of the matter is that Google has been somewhat sluggish with the Mac and Linux versions of their speedy browser.

Google has recently come out and announced to the world that it is hard at work on a Mac and Linux version of the Chrome browser and they will be able to release the aforementioned software sometime in the first half of 2009. So, what there are saying is that sometime in the next 6 months they will put out Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Linux – now that’s now exactly fast considering the fact that Google was recently bragging about taking Chrome 1.0 out of Beta in about 100 days.

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“That's what we've been hoping for. Those two efforts proceeding in parallel. They're at the same level of progress. That team now is able to render most Web pages pretty well. But in terms of the user experience, it's very basic. We have not spent any time building out features. We're still iterating on making it stable and getting the architecture right,” said Product Manager with Google Chrome, Brian Rakowski in an interview for cnet news.

The thing is that Google has been trying quite hard to promote their take on the web browser – hence all the ads plastered all over the web and even the exclusion of Mozilla Firefox from Google Pack in favor of Chrome, obviously. One key factor in getting people to switch from to Chrome is to make it work on several platforms; the absence of a Mac specific version of Chrome is in fact the second most common blocker invoked by people who would like to take up Google’s browser.



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