Google released Google Chrome 4 stable today which is another milestone release for the Google browser.
The developer's have managed to overtake the Firefox web browser - at least when versioning is the measurement - which recently has been released as version 3.6. It is also closing in on Opera and Internet Explorer with a good chance that it will beat those web browsers in another year's time.
Version 4 of Google Chrome is a milestone release because of several things. First to be noted should be the extension engine which allows all Google Chrome users to install extensions now once they have updated their web browser to version 4.
This is a big step for both Chrome users but also extension developer's who previously created extensions for the exclusive beta testing community.
Other features include bookmark synchronizing, integration of HTML5 apis and of course performance improvements over version 3 of the Chrome web browser.
Should the new stable release of Google Chrome worry other browser developers? Opera and Internet Explorer developers will most likely not be worried that much but Firefox developers might as it could be the browser to lose market share to Google Chrome in the long run.
Google Chrome 4 can be downloaded from the official Google Chrome website. The web browser is currently only available for Windows PCs with versions for Linux and Macintosh promised to be released later this year (via Chrome blog)
Update: A lot has changed since the release of Google Chrome 4. The Internet browser is now available for the Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh and Linux operating system. It is still available for download at the Chrome website.
Especially Firefox, but also Internet Explorer, have been losing market share ever since Google Chrome made its first appearance as a web browser. It is now one of the most popular browsers on the Internet.Advertisement
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