January 25th, 2010
We’re excited to usher in the new year with a bundle of browser goodness for the stable version of Google Chrome. With today’s new stable release, all Google Chrome users on PCs can access over 1,500 new features, through our new extension system.
Extensions are little programs, created by developers, which add useful functionality to the browser and to the websites you visit. Some provide you with alerts and notifications, others let you easily access your favorite web services from icons next to your address bar, and there are lots more.
In the video below, I walk through how to install an extension as well as a few that I find useful:
You can find extensions for Google Chrome in our extension gallery, and install the ones that interest you. Extensions on Google Chrome take only seconds to install, and can be uninstalled just as easily. You can view and manage the settings for your extensions by clicking on the Tools menu and selecting “Extensions.”
In addition to extensions, another feature that’s moving from our beta to the stable channel on the Windows version of Google Chrome is bookmark sync. For those of you who use several computers — for example, a laptop at work and a desktop at home — you can now keep your Google Chrome bookmarks synchronized and up-to-date across computers, without needing to manually recreate your bookmarks every time you switch computers. To read more on bookmark sync, check out this handy guide.
For web developers and designers, we’re excited to integrate a number of new HTML5 APIs in this stable release, including LocalStorage, Database API, WebSockets, and more. To dive into these features, read on in the Chromium Blog.
Lastly but certainly not the least, we’ve improved performance (as measured by Mozilla’s Dromaeo DOM Core Tests) by 42% over our last stable release and 400% since our first stable release last year.
To those using Google Chrome on Linux, extensions are enabled on the beta channel. And for those using Google Chrome for Mac, hang tight — we’re working on bringing extensions, bookmark sync and more to the beta soon. Those currently using the stable version for Windows will be automatically updated within the next week (or you can check for updates manually).
If you’re on a PC and haven’t tried Google Chrome yet, you can download Google Chrome and give all these new features a whirl.
Posted by Nick Baum, Product Manager