Google Chrome hits 1.0
So why remove the beta label now, especially when the 4 year old Gmail service is still officially in beta? Well, the official explanation is because the company's goals for stability and performance have been met. But it also likely has something to do with Google's plans to convince hardware makers to preload the web browser on computers -- something they may be reluctant to do with beta software.
So aside from the version number, what else is different in the latest build? Honestly, I'm not sure. Most of the items that Google showcases in its blog post about the new release are updates that we've already seen like the addition of a bookmark manager, and improved speed and performance.
More updates are still in the works. Google is promising support for plugins, RSS feeds, and form autofill features.