The Web browser battle is seriously heating up. Apple
is retooling Safari, Firefox is headed for big things in the next major point release, IE9 is expected to make Internet Explorer desirable again, and Google
is finally removing the Beta label from the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome
. That's right, there's a new Chrome stable release to download this week, with OS X and Linux users in particular being welcomed in for the first time.
The new stable release also comes with a bunch of new features: users can synchronize not only bookmarks across multiple computers, but also browser preferences -- including themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, preferred languages, and even page zoom settings. For those who love extensions, users can now enable each extension to work in incognito mode through the extensions manager. Of course, it wouldn't be a new browser without HTML5 support, and this build supports lots of HTML5 features such as Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop.
Google has promised Flash Player 10.1 support in the coming weeks, though since testing is still underway, that's not quite ready for a public release. Give the new version a download if you're new to Chrome, or just let your existing version update if you're already a loyalist.