Google’s web browser Chrome for Mac is catching up to its Windows counterpart. The search giant told Mac users in January to “hang tight” as they waited for their version of the browser to support extensions, and now that waiting has paid off — Chrome for Mac has extensions too.
The company says there are now 2,200 Chrome extensions, which users can download and install to add features to their browser. For example, there are a number of extensions that make it easier for Gmail users to receive and send email without constantly visiting the Gmail site. Unfortunately, the browser still doesn’t allow Mac users to get offline access to their Gmail through the company’s Gears technology (which Google seems to be deemphasizing). That’s not a new problem, but still feels ridiculous since I could use Gears if I switched back to Mozilla’s Firefox browser.
There’s also a rather aggravating bug right now — for me and other bloggers, if no one else. The new version of Chrome for Macs makes it easy to crash WordPress, the blogging application that the VentureBeat team uses to publish. Hopefully that will get fixed soon.
Beyond the quibbles, I’m pleased to see that the Mac version of Chrome is getting features just a couple months after the Windows version. That’s better than the yearlong delay between the initial beta test releases of Chrome on Windows and Chrome for Mac, a delay that Google co-founder Sergey Brin has called a “disappointment.”