Google Chrome For Mac May Hit Beta In December

    November 12, 2009

Mac users who’ve been feeling left out since the introduction of Google Chrome (which occurred way back in September of 2008) may finally be set to receive a sort of nod of inclusion.  A Mountain View-based product manager has indicated that a beta version of Chrome for Mac will launch in December.

Nick Baum wrote yesterday in a Google Groups post, "The extensions team has been working hard to get BrowserActions ready, and they’re already working great on Windows and Linux.  We’ve noticed that many of you have updated your extensions to take advantage of the new UI.  We’d like to encourage the rest of you to do so as well!"

Then Baum got to the Mac-related heart of the matter, continuing, "Why make the switch now?  The earlier you switch, the more time you will have to polish your experience for our Beta launch in early December.  We realize this means dropping Mac support for a couple of weeks, but we already have people working on that.  If you prioritize the Windows and Linux versions, we’ll bring you cross-platform parity as soon as we can!"

And since it took Google about three months to remove the beta tag from the first version of Chrome, that may mean that a finalized Chrome for Mac will available before February.

This isn’t a firm timeline, of course, but it at least looks almost certain that Google is going to ramp up its efforts.  Hat tip goes to Stephen Shankland.

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