Google gives Chrome spit 'n' polish treatment, says report
Luring OEMs by removing beta tag?
Hold on to your hats, Google Chrome is coming out of beta.
The internet giant’s vice president Marissa Mayer told Michael Arrington at LeWeb 08 that Google’s open source Windows-friendly browser, which debuted about three months ago, will be given the full release treatment soon.
According to the interview, Google is responding to demand from eager beaver customers including OEMs.
However, Google – which is famed for keeping its swath of online products in beta for a very, very long time – isn’t saying when Chrome will be granted the beefed up, full release status.
We have put that question to the company, but it hasn’t immediately responded at time of writing.
Sadly, for all you fan boys and gals out there, a Mac version of Chrome remains missing in action.
Meanwhile, aspects of the browser remain a work-in-progress.
Google on Monday announced an early developer release of Native Client, that consists of a runtime, a browser plugin, and a set of GCC-based compilation tools.
In a nutshell, Native Client is intended to run native code from web-based applications on x86 Windows, Mac, and Linux. But Google said it needs the developer community to iron out a few security and usability wrinkles first. ®
"is that even possible?"
Yes. A web browser is not the only way to remotely connect to a server, you know. Then it's just a matter of feeding the remote data directly to your X server. But I was being ironic. The part on Vista should have been a clue. Actually, the current trend is toward dumping whole websites on the clients instead of serving only the requested page, so putting the browser in "the cloud" would be quite counter-productive.
Oh! That! I'd forgotten all about it.
As, I imagine, have lots of people...
The worst thing about Google Chrome is its installation location, which is in the application data folder of the currently logged in user. The Google team seem to think this is the correct location for Chrome as it's not an application. However on a multi-user system this can cause major headaches.
Microsoft created a Program Files folder for a reason. Sure, Google Chrome should be storing settings in the user folder but they shouldn't be storing applications there.
You have to question what other windows standards they are throwing to the wind.