Chrome Sync Comes Out Of Beta, Becomes Sign in to Chrome

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Google has introduced an update to its Google Chrome browser that will allow multiple users to sign into one browser, allowing them to synchronize their user experience with their Chrome-powered devices.

Over at the Google Chrome Blog, the stable release of Sign in to Google was announced, and while the personalization features it introduces may seem minor, to those who don't like working in different environments, getting used to someone else's browser setup won't be an issue. As the post indicates, the Chrome sign in allows users to "take your Chrome stuff with you, so you can always have your personal Chrome experience on all of your devices."

The concept is simple, with a Google Chrome account activated on one device and you change something on the current device's setup -- that is, add a bookmark -- the change is reflected on all other Chrome-enabled devices, provided the user is signed in when the change was made.

The Chrome sign in works if there's a shared computer involved as well. Google's post explains:

With today’s Stable channel release, you can now add new users to Chrome. Adding new users lets you each have your own personal Chrome experience, and lets you each sign in to Chrome to sync your stuff. To add a new user to Chrome, go to Options (Preferences on a Mac), click “Personal Stuff,” and click “Add new user.” Check out our latest Beta blog post for a few quick tips.

The steps for adding a new user are as follows:

  1. Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Options (Preferences on Mac and Linux).
  3. Click Personal Stuff.
  4. In the “Users” section, click Add new user.
  5. A new window for the user appears, with a special icon for the user in the top corner. Here, you can sign in to Chrome with a Google Account to associate the account with the user. Once signed in, all the bookmarks, apps, extensions, theme, and browser settings for the user will be synced to the account.

There's also a video of the Sign in to Chrome in action:

Does this level of personalization apply to you? Is it a feature you could see yourself using? Let us know what you think.