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Beta no more for Google's Chrome

December 11, 2008 | 10:00 am

ChromeChrome may have set a record for the fastest departure from beta of any Google product in the company's 10-year history.

Today the Internet giant (notorious for leaving products in the product purgatory known as beta, which means "don't expect too much -- we're still working on it," for years) is releasing a new, fully baked version of its browser, which Google says is safer, faster and plays video better.

Not that you should expect a bug-free browse. Google is still improving the product. It's just the beta label it's shedding.

Chrome also still isn't available for Mac users, although Google says changing that remains a "top priority" for the company (and for founder Sergey Brin, who agreed excluding Mac users was a major shortcoming when Chrome first launched in early September).

And, of course, this isn't really breaking news since Marissa Mayer decided to blab all about it to TechCrunch's Mike Arrington at LeWeb '08 on Wednesday.

Google says: "We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met but our work is far from done. We are working to add some common browser features such as form autofill and RSS support in the near future." Here's the full post on the Official Google Blog.

Chrome does seem to be making progress from its early days. It claims 10 million active users on seven continents.

-- Jessica Guynn

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