Google Chrome Clears Off Beta Stage

In just 100 days, Google Chrome browser reached more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product; and with today's fifteenth release Google finally decided to take off its "beta" label!

Better stability and performance of plug-ins (particularly video). Video and audio glitches were among the most common bugs fixed during the beta period. If you had problems watching videos with Google Chrome in the past, you should be pleasantly surprised with the performance now.

Even more speed. Google Chrome starts up fast, loads pages quickly, and just keeps getting faster. Since the first beta, the V8 JavaScript engine runs 1.4 times faster on the SunSpider benchmark and 1.5 times faster on the V8 benchmark - and there is more speed to come.

Bookmark manager and privacy controls.Better bookmark features were a top request from Chrome users. It's now easier to switch between another browser and Google Chrome with the bookmark import and export features.

Additionally, Google Chrome's unique sandbox technology creates an additional layer of defense against harmful software, while the Safe Browsing feature provides protection against phishing and malware attacks for many browser users.

"We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met but our work is far from done," Sundar Pichai, VP, Product Management, and Linus Upson, Engineering Director wrote on Chrome's official blog. "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. If you haven't used Google Chrome for a while, now might be a good time to give it another spin.

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