A new beta of Google Chrome for Mac – with extensions and more

February 11th, 2010

Since we released Chrome for Mac in beta last December, we’ve been busy adding new features. Today, after some incubation in the developer channel, we’re happy to make some of these features more widely available. The new beta release of Chrome for Mac offers extensions, bookmark sync, and more.

With this new version, you’ll be able to install any of over 2,200 extensions (and counting!) currently available in Chrome’s extensions gallery. Extensions can add useful, informative, fun, or quirky functionality to the browser. You can manage your extensions by clicking on the Window menu and choosing “Extensions.”

For this release, we remained focused on providing a snappy, safe, and simple browsing experience on the Mac. If you haven’t tried Chrome on the Mac yet and are curious about its features, this video will take you on a brief tour:

Those of you who use several computers will now be able to keep your bookmarks synchronized between them. If some of your computers aren’t Macs, don’t worry: bookmark sync works in Chrome for Linux and Windows too. We also added bookmark and cookie managers in a way that feels completely at home on the Mac. For technically-oriented users, our new Task Manager will help you keep tabs on all of your tabs.

If you’re not using Chrome yet, you can try all of these new features out by downloading the Google Chrome Beta for Mac. Existing Chrome users should be automatically updated to the new beta within the next day – just check the About window and look for version 5.0.307. We hope you’re as excited about this new version as our animated friends are:

Posted by Mark Mentovai, Software Engineer, Google Chrome