Chrome 5 released, browser exits beta for Mac and Linux [ArsTechnica]
It's been available since 2008 on the Windows platform and since last year for the Mac and Linux. This week Google announced that it was taking the Mac and Linux versions of its Chrome browser out of their beta version. Typically, Google releases products for a series of months or even years in beta, allowing time to work out bugs until the "ready to use" version is available.
The latest version of Chrome comes with Adobe Flash preinstalled - that's particularly notable since Apple has decided to forgo Flash support for its mobile platform and has embraced HTML 5 as an open standard for rich web content going forward. Chrome now also comes with support for some HTML 5 features. Even though Google is known for frequently pushing open standards - i.e. Android - and Apple doesn't have a similar reputation, Flash support seems to represent a role reversal in this case.
Current Chrome users will automatically receive the updated version of the browser.