“When it comes to software and services, Google tends to take its sweet time. Gmail has been around since 2004, and open to the public for nearly two years now, but it’s still officially a Beta release — software still in testing before being considered production-worthy. The Picasa image organizer only recently lost its Beta tag after four years in limbo. According to Web-monitoring company Pingdom, 45% of the company’s products are in beta at the moment,” Anders Bylund writes for The Motley Fool.
“Actually, that figure just dropped a tiny bit,” Bylund writes. “The Chrome browser moved out of beta and into full production mode last night.”
After 15 version updates in just three months, the browser is now ready to get supported like a real business application and bundled with computer systems… Taking the little ‘beta’ label off a browser might not sound like a big move, but I think it does unlock a whole new world of sales opportunities,” Bylund writes.
“Chrome has come a long way since branching off from the WebKit platform that also powers Apple’s Safari browser,” Bylund writes. “And it’s done so in a very short time, by Google standards. Now let’s watch the bundling agreements roll in — and then, the money.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Google’s Chrome is currently for Windows Vista/XP SP2 only, but Google does invite Mac users to sign up to get news about development for Mac here.
Net Applications’ browser market share figures for November 2008: