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Google Chrome now bundled with RealPlayer

A Windows installation of RealPlayer now includes an option--enabled unless you choose otherwise--to install Google's Web browser.

Chrome is now included as an option when installing Real Player.
Chrome is now included as an option when installing RealPlayer. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google wanted to release version 1.0 of Chrome in part so it could bundled with other products, and now one such deal has arrived.

The option to install Chrome is checked by default, which no doubt will help some people to add the software without really deliberating much on its merits or drawbacks. However, the Chrome option shows on a separate stage of installation, so it's not hidden on some invisible "advanced options" section off the beaten track of the process.

Contrary to its practice with most of its products and services, Google is actively promoting Chrome with advertisements on YouTube, Facebook, and some technology sites.

Update 8:34 a.m. PST: During the Chrome uninstallation process I underwent to test out the Real bundling deal, after Google opens a page in Internet Explorer asking for feedback on why I removed Chrome, Google also promotes its Google Toolbar for IE. "Get your favorite Google Chrome features in Internet Explorer with Google Toolbar," the page suggests.

(Via Google Operating System.)

Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET