Feeds

Google's Chrome beta for Mac expected early December

In the lane, Snow Leopard is glistening

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

A beta version of Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac is set to land in December.

Mountain View had already gone on record to say that the test preview would arrive before the end of 2009.

In a Chromium developer mailing list yesterday, the company’s Chrome product manager Nick Baum revealed that Google plans to release the beta early next month.

The current iteration of the browser - Chrome 4.0 - is only available in beta form for Windows users. Linux and Mac OS X fans only have access to a rough-round-the-edges developer preview of the surfing tool for now.

That looks set to change before the year is out, however.

Google’s dev team has been beavering away at an extensions presentation tech, dubbed “BrowserActions”, which currently only works in Windows and Linux.

The world’s largest ad broker wants to get as many developers as possible to play with its new BrowserActions tool and, to encourage them to tinker with it now, Baum confirmed the wait was nearly over for the Chrome Mac beta.

"The earlier you switch [to BrowserActions], the more time you will have to polish your experience for our beta launch in early December," he said.

"We realise this means dropping Mac support for a couple of weeks, but we already have people working on that. If you prioritise the Windows and Linux versions, we'll bring you cross-platform parity as soon as we can!" ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?
Start migrating now to avoid another XPocalypse – Gartner
You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference
The piss always taking is he. Bastard the.
HANA has SAP cuddling up to 'smaller partners'
Wanted: algorithm wranglers, not systems giants
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.