updated 11:40 am EST, Tue December 8, 2009
Mac software long in development
Google has finally released the Mac beta of Chrome, which follows long after the original Windows beta, released in September 2008. As with Safari, Chrome runs on a WebKit engine claimed to quickly and accurately render pages. The Google software differs in design, pushing tabs to the top of the browser, while using an "Omnibox" that combines search and URL fields into a single bar.
Chrome also handles tabs discreetly, in some cases isolating crashes and freezes so they do not affect the browser as a whole. The software lastly copies Opera's favorites display when opening a new tab, showing a selection of a person's most commonly visited websites. Chrome is a free 18.5MB download, and runs on Intel Macs with Mac OS X 10.5 or later.