Whether to one-up Firefox or merely a coincidence, the developers of the Chrome browser have today declared it stable, making it to the 4.0 designation ahead of the team at Mozilla. The new revision works with the extensions, and of course continues to work with the many themes released by Google and third parties.

The revision that is stable is for Windows only just now, with versions for Mac and Linux coming along later. The story from TechConnect reveals that this revision still does a full 100 on the Acid 3 tests, something Internet Exploder and Firefox cannot do.

Today Google has (finally) put the stable tag on Chrome 4.0 (4.0.249.78) and made it available globally, but only for Windows users. Distributed via the Stable channel, Chrome 4.0.249.78 features lots of fixes, support for extensions, Bookmark syncing, as well as the following:
– Enhanced developer tools
– HTML5: Notifications, Web Database, Local Storage, WebSockets, Ruby support
– V8 performance improvements
– Skia performance improvements
– Full ACID3 pass, due to re-enabled remote font support
– HTTP byte range support
– New security feature: “Strict Transport Security” support
– Experimental new anti-reflected-XSS feature called “XSS Auditor”
To download Chrome see this page.

Chrome continues to be the little browser that could, getting an enormous push from the developers at Google, and from the browser beaters, who value speed above all else. Thus far it looks like only Safari from Apple can compete head to head in the speed arena, but Opera 10.5 is closing in.

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