Google maintains three separate tracks for its Chrome Web browser: developer, beta, and stable.
The updated stable release bring support for Chrome Extensions, a feature that users of Chrome's developer and beta releases have had since late last year. Extensibility has been one of the major factors in the success of Firefox.
And as with Firefox, some of the most popular extensions for Chrome block ads.
"Google Chrome extensions use the same multiprocess technology that makes the browser fast and more secure, so that extensions won't crash or slow down your browser," said Google product manager Ian Fette in a blog post.
Google has enabled extensions in the Google Chrome for Linux beta and it plans to do the same shortly for Chrome on the Mac.
While Firefox use continues to grow, Google's ongoing efforts to polish Chrome appear to be prompting some Firefox fans to reconsider their browser choice. A thread on Reddit about Chrome use suggests that Google's focus on browser basics like speed, stability, and security resonates with users.
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