Google Chrome coming to Mac, Linux

Written by Harry Butler

January 12, 2009 // 12:24 p.m.

Tags: #browser #chrome #google #linux #mac #osx #os-x

With Google’s launch of its own Chrome web browser back in September 2008, the search giant looked set to further shake up the world of the web by adding another player into the ongoing battle of the browsers.

Now, five months on Google has outlined some new features it hopes to bring to Chrome in the next few months, with support for MAC OS X and Linux top of the list. In fact, speaking in an Interview with CNET, Chrome’s Product Manager, Brian Rakowski, said that Google wants to release Chrome for Linux and Mac before July this year, with a "work in progress test shell" able to render web pages, although its still limited to a “very basic,” user experience.

Rakowski also confirmed that the much requested support of plug-ins and extensions for Chrome, a shortcoming that has deterred many users of Firefox from making the switch to Google’s browser, was also coming along nicely, with the latest build of Chrome getting support for some “Greasemonkey” scripts.

However, Rakowski was clear that the current state of Chrome’s extension and script support, while showing potential is still pretty limited, stating that “We have user script support. That’s a baby step,” and that “You’ll see it evolve over time.

Frustrated over the slow pace of Chrome’s support for plug-ins and extensions? Are you a Mac or Linux users looking to switch to Google Chrome? What extensions are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the forums.

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