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Google proclaims Chrome business-ready

Chrome accounts for nearly 10 percent of browser usage. Google would like more and is looking to corporate use for further adoption.

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Chrome is ready for corporate use, Google argued today in blog posts.

"Today, we're announcing that Chrome offers controls that enable IT administrators to easily configure and deploy the browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux according to their business requirements," product manager Glenn Wilson and programmer Daniel Clifford said.

Of course, it'll be up to those administrators to decide whether it really is ready. But Google has added several features, most notably Windows policy template support that lets administrators control Chrome settings across an organization.

And for those not satisfied with poking around help files and exercising search engines to get support, there's phone and e-mail support through Google Apps for Business, Google said.

Google also announced some organizations that have installed Chrome: Vanguard, Boise State University, and Procter & Gamble. That's not much compared to the broader adoption of Firefox and of course Internet Explorer, but it's notable.

Chrome has spread to account for nearly 10 percent of browser usage worldwide, but Google would like more; Chrome fuels its ambitions to make the Web a faster, more powerful foundation for applications, and it also helps the company propagate its technology ideas.

Corporate administrators are notoriously conservative. One modern-day trend, exhibited by technologies such as the iPhones and Google search, is the "consumerization of IT." And Google evidently would like some help from consumers spreading Chrome: "let your administrator know to give it a try and let us know what they think," Wilson and Clifford said.