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Mac version of Chrome due before 2010

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Fri October 9, 2009

Timeframe suggests accelerated development

The Mac version of Chrome should be released before Christmas this year, suggests Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The executive made the revelation at a New York press conference, in the middle of answering a question about the browser's overall marketshare. Chrome's share has been disparaged by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who recently called the browser "a rounding error." Microsoft's Internet Explorer remains the dominant web browser worldwide.

"I see a lot of Macs in this room, and a lot of very sophisticated people are using Macs now and we need to get a version of Chrome out for that, which we'll have in a couple of months," Schmidt said at the conference.

The Mac port of Chrome has been in development for several months, and until recently was only forecast to ship sometime in 2010. The new schedule may indicate an accelerated development, whether due to overcoming hurdles or a desire to exploit an expanding Mac userbase. The Windows version of Chrome debuted in September of last year, and is notable mainly for a minimalist design, as well as dedicating a separate process to each tab. This allows the browser to isolate webpages that could pose security or stability problems.

by MacNN Staff





  1. another_steve

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does anyone really care?

    Nothing against Chrome, but when you have Safari 4, I just don't see the need for Chrome. I run them both on my PC at work. The one nice thing about Chrome is using the single title bar for both URLs and Google searches. Otherwise, Safari offers a better overall browsing experience (IMHO).

    To me, this is sort of like offering Picasa for Mac? Yeah, that's great, but why? iPhoto is better. Choice is good, but this just isn't anything to get excited about.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I can't wait

    I'm looking forward to it. I currently run a Chromium nightly on my mac and it is by far the fastest browser I have used.

    I'm looking forward to it. Really looking forward to plugins framework that is being developed when it eventually hits the OS X version of Chrome.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    100% interested

    not a fan of safari, can't wait for chrome on my work mac.

  1. smezjj

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have been using Chrome on Mac for a few months now - it's coming along nicely. I am using build I use Safari as my main browser but it's nice to use Chrome every so often.

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