Google finishes Chrome for Mac and Linux

Google has brought Mac and Linux versions of its browser out of beta, with the launch of Chrome 5.

Google finishes Chrome for Mac and Linux

The search giant – which has been working on the Mac and Linux software for almost exactly a year – claims that the browser is now stable enough on both platforms to dispense with the beta tag.

The new version 5 release, which also includes a refresh of the Windows version of the browser, contains several new features.

The most notable is cross-computer synchronisation, allowing users to share bookmarks across multiple machines. Chrome goes a step further than rival browser sync tools by including browser settings in the synchronisation, meaning items such as themes, start-up screens and page zoom settings are copied from computer to computer.

Chrome 5 also boosts the browser’s support for several HTML5 features, including geolocation APIs, the facility to let web apps cache data locally and file drag-and-drop.

One feature that’s not quite ready for prime time is the integration of Adobe Flash Player, which Google has been testing in the Chrome beta channel. Google says it make this feature available as soon as the final version of Flash Player 10.1 is ready.

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