Mayer Closes The Door On Chrome’s Beta Tag

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Update: Google has officially announced the removal of the beta label on Chrome, via the Official Google Blog.

Prepare to say goodbye to something that serves as both a safety net and warning sign for Google Chrome.  Although she didn’t give a timeframe, Marissa Mayer herself has confirmed that the browser’s beta tag will be removed.

We first heard about this push late last month, from Vice President of Product Management Sundar Pichai.  He discussed a January-ish target date, and advertising campaigns and distribution deals were discussed at the same time.

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Mayer sits more than a single step up on the corporate ladder, though, so what she told Michael Arrington in an interview at LeWeb ’08 seemed worth repeating.

Considering that Google’s products have been known to remain in beta for very long periods of time (look at Google Docs or the even more common Gmail), Mayer and her company appear to want Chrome on a real fast track.  Since browsers are something many people use for eight or more hours a day (instead of 30 or so minutes), removing the beta tag might make them less skittish.

Anyway, Chrome’s at least picking up speed in a small way so far.  When we covered Sundar Pichai’s comments, Net Applications put Chrome’s market share at 0.74 percent.  The Google-made browser has now passed Opera and sits at 0.83 percent.

Mayer Closes The Door On Chrome’s Beta Tag
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  • http://www.4-the-love-of-jeeps.com Larry H. Morton

    I switched from IE to Firefox primarily for the increased speed. If Chrome can provide the same or better speed, as well as the features of Firefox, I will consider switching to Chrome.

    I don’t have time to set up and test Chrome, so I will have to rely on users reviews. The jury is still out.


    • Guest

      I installed Chrome the day that it came out just out of curiosity. I didn’t think there was much there, I left it on my machine and used it rarely. I updated Chrome on Friday when I saw that the beta had been removed and there was an actual release. I have to say that I’m pretty impressed. There is a marked difference in the speed of browsing vs. IE and a pretty decent boost vs. Firefox. I use IE and Firefox somewhat regularly, and although Chrome still has some issues (our website CMS will not work with Chrome, nor will Netflix Instant at home) I’m finding it to be a very stable and very fast browser. I’ll be interested to see what types of plugins come online in the next few months.

  • Matt Roberts

    Chrome is definitely speedy. I normally use Firefox, and I have a few plugins on it, but it takes a while to load and gets clogged up quickly with multiple tabs open.

    Chrome is super-fast and loads in an instant (that’s first loading up by the way, not loading up actual pages). If it can keep that speed and stability when there’s loads of plugins out and installed, it wins for me.

  • http://www.seovisions.com SEO Company

    At this point, I personally see absolutely no reason to switch, because FF performs so well and incorporates so many plugins. It’s pretty tough to improve on something so good.

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