Google Chrome 4 is here, and it's as swift as ever. But it's also poised to take on Firefox for the title of king of browsers, as it now extends to extensions
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Google has launched Chrome 4, the fourth version of its super-speedy browser. The big add is the addition of add-ons.
Google Chrome 126.96.36.199, to give it its full name, supports extensions: mini bits of software that you download separately, adding features to the browser and allowing you to tweak your browsing experience down to the finest detail. Microsoft's Internet Explorer offers add-ons -- like anyone cares -- but the emperor of the extension is Mozilla's Firefox.
Chrome has always won plaudits for its minimal design, streamlining the search and address bars into one and managing tabs individually for increased stability. Chrome's addition of the add-on could be the killer feature that wins over users of the 'Fox addicted to their customised browsing.
Chrome 4 also adds HTML5 features, bookmark syncing and a bunch of security tightenings. Are you a Chrome user? Let us know in the comment section below if Google rocks your browsing world. If you're reading this on Firefox, Safari or -- heaven help you -- IE, could this be the news that tempts you to switch?