Google releases Chrome beta for Mac, Linux, adds extensions

— 2:51 PM on December 8, 2009

As development continues on Chrome OS, Google is also hard at work polishing up its Chrome web browser and porting it over to other operating systems. In a post on the Official Google Blog this morning, the company announced beta releases of Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux, in addition to extension support for the Windows and Linux versions.

Mac users will find the OS X Chrome beta over on this page, while Linux users can head here. Google says it's added a little something extra to make each iteration of the browser fit in, too.

About the Mac version, Google Product Manager Brian Rakowski writes, "We wanted Google Chrome to feel at home on the Mac, so we've focused on uniting our clean, simple design with subtle animations and effects to create a snappy and satisfying browsing experience on OS X." The Linux version, meanwhile, features "native GTK themes, updates that are managed by the standard system package manager, and many other features that fit in natively with the operating system where possible."

Windows and Linux users can also check out the new beta extension support, which pretty much mirrors what Mozilla offers in Firefox. (It looks like you'll need to get the Chrome 4.0 beta for that, though.) Google has even put up a central repository for the existing library of "more than 300" Chrome extensions, and as you can see in the screenshot above, there's a neat little extension manager, too. Developers can learn more about extensions on the Chromium blog.

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