Yesterday, Google released new beta versions for the Chrome web browser. The releases included builds for Linux and Windows. The browser also hit beta for the first time on Mad OS X. However, the highlight of the releases was Google's introduction of Chrome extensions to the public.
Thousands of plugins, called extensions, are now available to Chrome browser users. Many of the nifty tools were developed by Google, such as the Google Reader extension. There are also numerous extensions developed by Chrome coders not employed by Google.
This seems to mark a turning point for Chrome as a web browser. With extensions for syncing bookmarks and blocking ads and Flash content, the browser can finally compete with Mozilla's Firefox, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and Apple's Safari.
Before this release, it seemed that many users would point to Chrome's lack of plugins as to why they were not using Google's browser. Now that Chrome has a myriad of customization options and continues to lead the pack in terms of speed, there is little reason not to use it.
The addition of extensions to Chrome also levels the playing field for Chrome OS, Google's operating system. With the Chrome browser slated to be the user interface of the system, there was much need for a higher level of customization. Extensions for the browser will make the entire operating system even more functional.
So what do you think about Chrome's extensions? Let us know in the comments!
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