The Chromium developers have really redefined versioning at least when it comes to their web browser. The browser that made its first appearance in 2008 has now reached version 7 in the developer channel, with the likelihood that the beta and stable channels will follow suite later this year.
Usually, a major leap in version correlates to a big change in a product. Not so with Google Chrome 7, as the first release fixes one issue for all operating systems, one Mac specific issue and stability fixes for the Chrome Frame feature.
That's not really anything to get excited about, some would even go so far to state that the only reason Chrome accelerates the versioning is to beat Internet Explorer and Opera who currently sit tight in the first two spots with versions 9 and 10 respectively.
But it is only a matter of time until Google Chrome manages to get ahead of those two browsers. Will the developers top there, or will we see releases of Google Chrome 15 in two year's time?
Users who want to download the latest dev release of Google Chrome 7 can do so at the official dev channel download page.
Update: Google in recent time has added another channel to the Chrome development process. Google Chrome Canary is the new cutting edge channel which can be best compared to the nightly builds of Mozilla Firefox. The main advantage of Canary over Chrome Dev is the fact that it can be run besides a stable version of the Chrome browser. The latest Canary builds can be downloaded from the Google Tools homepage of the project.
Chrome Dev in the meantime has improved significantly as well. The download link posted above is still valid, only Chrome 7 is outdated and no longer in use.Advertisement
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