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Google Chrome 4 was released fairly recently, packaging the highly-sought extensions that many believed separated the speedy browser from Mozilla FireFox in the browser wars. The upgrade was amazing, as users were finally able to download a wealth of useful extensions without the label of being in beta form no longer. Though the selection is rather sparse, there were several notable extensions worth taking a look at.
On February 1, 2010, Chrome received another major boost when it launched support for Greasemonkey scripts, essentially adding over 40,000 new extensions to its small library. For the unfamiliar, Greasemonkey scripts allow you to customize the way your browser looks and behaves. For example, there are scripts which can disable text ads, allow you to login to multiple Gmail accounts, and even pre-fill comments on blog posts.
Last Monday, Google Chrome 4.0 was released packing the highly-anticipated extensions, bookmark sync, and reported speed increases of 40%. Extensions was the biggest drawback thus far with Google Chrome as its rival, Mozilla Firefox, continued to hold the title as the extension king. Though extensions were available for several months prior in beta version, the new release is now stable and ready for the masses.
If you check out the Chrome Extensions gallery, you will find over 1,500 available extensions. Far smaller in selection than Firefox’s, it reminds me of Google’s Nexus One’s library of applications in comparison with the Apple iPhone’s App Store. Aside from that, let’s take a look at some of the best Chrome extensions worth downloading.
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