Friday, May 22, 2009

Google Chrome v2 now "official"

Well that was fast. As if running from the beta zombie that has kept Gmail in "beta" for more than 5 years, Google Chrome has just officially released the sophomore version of its first-party Internet browser. For those not keeping-up with Chrome's crazy release schedule, let me bring you up to speed:

But while this schedule is unusual by browser market standards, it seems to be on par with Google's approach to software. In Chrome's debut blog post, Sundar Pichai (VP Product Management) explained that Google's mantra is, "release early and iterate." It seems they've taken that to heart with Chrome. The Chrome Team further elaborated on their approach to "versions" in this week's Chrome 2 announcement: "Finally, a note on version numbers: we're referring to this as Chrome 2, but that's mainly a metric to help us keep track of changes internally. We don't give too much weight to version numbers and will continue to roll out useful updates as often as possible." So, by tracking the Chrome Team's current trajectory and combining that with their apparent willingness to "version" Chrome at will, I would guess that we'll have Chrome 3 before the end of the year. For out part at Telerik, we will of course work hard to ensure the RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX are always compatible with (at least) the latest "official" Chrome version. And based on their release cycle, it's a good thing that we have three releases per year to keep up!


Unknown said...

Google Chrome v2 will be officially supported with SP2 of RadControls coming out this week.