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Google Chrome Out Of Beta

Google announced yesterday by way of the Official Google Blogthat the Google web browser, Chrome is now officially out of beta. Introduced only a few months ago, Google Chromehas had probably the shortest public beta period out of any Google product. Take Google’s GMail for example, it came online in March 2004 and is still in Beta.

Google Chrome is available for Windows XP & Windows Vista only (right now), which is a shame considering it is based on webkit, the same engine used by Apple’s Safari¬†web browser. You’d think they’d be able to release a OS X version fairly easily. Hopefully that’s not to far off now that Google Chrome 1.0 is out.

Will this spice up the browser wars? How will Internet Explorer, Opera, and Firefox handle the Google browser? Things should get interesting as new versions of each are prepared.

Google Chrome – The GBrowser Is Real

If you haven’t heard yet, you’ve probably not been on the internet lately. Word is (links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) that today Google will finally announce the anticipated Google Browser, GBrowser, Google Chrome (link not yet active).

According to a number of sources, Google Chrome is based on the open source Webkit Project, which is the same engine used by a number of Apple products including Safari and Mail. The question here is why? They are already pretty tight with the Firefox team, why not use the Gecko engine used by Firefox, Thunderbird, Nvu, and others? Is the Gecko market too crowded? Did the Apple board of directors push Google CEO Eric Schmidt towards webkit?

The same thing could be asked of another product, why webkit and why not Presto? Presto is the engine used by the speedy Opera Web Browser and Adobe Dreamweaver. Of course, Webkit and Gecko offer one advantage here; cost. Though I said it before, and I’ll say it again, Opera’s mail client, M2 would be the perfect GMail Desktop Client. The two are practically identical.

Presto, Gecko, Webkit. It doesn’t really matter, what matters is Google is finally going to release a web browser.

What can we expect from Google Chrome? For that, I’d have to point you to Blogoscoped.com who first broke the news and now has some images of the browser. Let the countdown begin…

Opera 9.50 Released

Firefox wasn’t the only browser to see a major update last week. Opera actually released a new version of few days prior to the Fx 3 release.

While I’ve not been able to give O9.5 much of a run yet, I will say that I’m digging the new default theme. Very cool! For details on what exactly is new with Opera 9.5, I’ll point you over to Opera Watch for all of the details.

Opera Watch also pointed out that as of June 17th (5 days after Opera 9.5 was released), over 5 Million people had downloaded the new version of the broswer. Sweet!

Mozilla Firefox 3 Released

Firefox 3.0 was released early last week. So far it’s been a heck of a lot faster for me, though to be fair I’ve only given it about two hours of full usage and several of my extensions (my most important ones at that!) have yet to be updated.

Not to turn this into a Firefox vs Opera debate, but that is one of the many reason I always loved Opera more than Firefox… Opera “just worked”. I didn’t need to update or find new extensions for the key features that i used. Thsoe being the ability to move the tab bar (I like mine on the bottom) and mouse gestures. I’m disabled without my browser set up like I’m use to. Bah!