Google's Chrome browser didn't gain full extension support until late in the game, but developers have apparently stepped up to the plate in a big way. After looking over the Chrome Extension Gallery, TechCrunch is reporting that Chrome has surpassed 10,000 extensions. It's only been a year, and Chrome is closing in on Firefox with nearly 13,000 extensions.
Chrome has always been admired for its raw speed, but many users held back due to the lack of extensions support. Firefox tends to be a little slower, but the huge number of add-ons kept users locked in. The recent surge in Chrome usage could have a lot to do with the roll out of full extension support. The ball is really in Mozilla's court now, but early reports on Firefox 4 are very positive.
Google pushes out new versions of Chrome at warp speed, and Firefox has a reputation for slow, steady development. Even if Firefox 4 is a winner, Chrome might fly past it again in short order. Do you think extension numbers are telling a tale?
Hey now! We just got our hands on Google's pilot netbook for the Chrome OS, the Cr-48. It's essentially a netbook running Google's new cloud based operating system. After the video, make sure and check out Gordon Mah Ung's written first impressions about the new OS. Enjoy!
Hit the jump for Gordon's notes and first impressions!
Google yesterday lifted the curtain from its CR-48 Chrome OS netbook (if you want to get your mitts on one, you'll have to apply for the Pilot Program and make a compelling argument of why you're a solid candidate), and may have killed the Caps Lock key in the process.
To the shock and horror of overactive forum posters and hyper Facebook users everywhere, Google got the bright idea to replace the Caps Lock key with a search key, and you know what? WE'RE PLEASED AS PUNCH THEY DID!
While said in jest, the employee's comments ring true, and we wouldn't be heartbroken if all notebook vendors followed suit. If they did, IT WOULD TAKE A TON MORE WORK TO TYPE LIKE THIS, ensuring that if someone feels the need to shout, it will be worth shouting about.
That's not to say there aren't some legitimate uses for the Caps Lock key, and if you're one of the few who rely on it, don't fret. Google says you can easily convert the search key back to a Caps Lock key in the settings menu (Wrench > Settings > System).
The latest version of Google's Chrome browser -- version 8.0.552.215, or Chrome 8 from here on out -- now supports Web apps, meaning it will work seamlessly with Google's upcoming Chrome Web Store.
That alone doesn't do Chrome users much good in the here and now, but that isn't the only change Chrome 8 brings to the browser table. Google added a built-in PDF viewer that's secured in Chrome's sandbox, so you can finally kiss Adobe's Reader app goodbye, if you haven't already.
Other changes underneath the hood include over 800 bug fixes and stability improvements, Google says.
Another month has gone by, and these days that usually means the gap between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and most other browsers tightens up. November was no exception.
According to Web analytics firm Net Applications, IE's market share slipped 0.9 percent in November, which is largely the result of IE6 giving up 1.3 percentage points during the same month. For IE6, that's the biggest drop in eight months.
It was another good month for Google's Chrome browser, which increased its total share from 8.5 percent to 9.25 percent, while Mozilla's Firefox went in the other direction, dropping from 22.83 percent to 22.75 percent. Safari now holds a 5.55 percent stake in the browser sweepstakes, which means IE, despite have lost more ground, still holds a larger chunk than all other browsers combined with a 58.26 percent share.
Maximum PC readers hardly need a primer on what browser cookies are, or what extensions and plug-ins do. At the same time, most of us know someone who could benefit from a plain English guide covering Web apps, HTML5, and a host of other topics, and that's where Google's new online book, "20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web," becomes a handy tool.
"'20 Things' is written by the Chrome team, and continues our tradition of finding new ways to help explain complex but fascinating ideas about technology," Google says. "Many of the examples used to illustrate the features of the browser refer back to Chrome."
The online book is built around HTML5, and once loaded you can disconnect from the Web and continue to flip through the pages. Topics range from the above mentioned ones to things like validating identities online, IP addresses and DNS, and malware on the Web.
Microsoft on Wednesday released the seventh platform preview of its upcoming web browser Internet Explorer 9 (download link). Comparatively less stable than beta builds, platform previews are aimed at acquainting developers with new features and gathering valuable feedback.
According to Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, who wrote a copious blog post to discuss the latest platform preview release, improving real world site performance, and not “subsystem microbenchmarks,” remains the real focus of company’s development efforts.
But he soon clarified: “We’ve been consistent in our point of view that these tests are at best not very useful, and at worst misleading. Even with the most recent results in the chart above, our motivations and our point of view remain unchanged.”
“We’ve focused on improving real world site performance. We’ve made progress on some microbenchmarks as a side effect. Focusing on another subsystem microbenchmark is not very useful.”
Google's Chrome browser is finally in first place, though not in any category the sultan of search wants to be in. The speedy browser topped Bit9's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of apps with the 76 found vulnerabilities, NetworkWorld reports.
The Dirty Dozen list is compiled based on information available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's public National Vulnerability Database, so if Google has a beef with its ranking, Bit9 isn't to blame here, they're merely the messenger.
Taking up the No. 2 spot is Apple's Safari browser with 60 reported vulnerabilities, while Mozilla Firefox came in fifth with 51 flaws and Microsoft's Internet Explorer eighth with 32 flaws. In other words, all four major browsers made the list.
Outside of browsers, Microsoft Office was the worst offender, checking in at No. 3 with 57 flaws, followed by Adobe Acrobat (No. 4) with 54 vulnerabilities.
What’s next for Google now that it has begun delivering search results “faster than the speed of type.” The obsession with speed continues even as the spotlight moves from web search to Chrome. While the browser world has always been obsessed with speed, improvements are often imperceptible.
However, as exciting as the feature sounds, it will come accompanied by a number of challenges. For instance, it could deceive analytics tools into exaggerating page views. It would be interesting to see how exactly Google circumvents these challenges.
Google has a history of getting into the holiday spirit. Last year the search giant cut a deal with 47 U.S. airports to offer free Wi-Fi service, and this year Google Chrome is sponsoring in-flight Wi-Fi on select aircraft.
"This holiday season, Google Chrome has teamed up with AirTran Airways, Delta, and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011. These participating airlines have outfitted their entire domestic fleet with Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi, and we expect more connected passengers this holiday season than ever before!," Google announced.
It's really a win-win-win situation, with Google promoting its Chrome browser, select airlines getting a leg up on the competition, and holiday travelers able to stay connected as they take to the skies.