Chrome to get Firefox-like extensions by May

By on February 5, 2009, 2:56 PM
Google has already mentioned plans to add extensions support for its Chrome browser, but so far the company has provided no clue as to when the feature will actually go live. However, as noted on the Google Operating System blog, a recently spotted session lineup for an upcoming Google conference may shed some light on the matter.

Specifically, a session called “Developing extensions for Google Chrome” is listed as part of the Google I/O developer conference scheduled for May 27. The session will cover “the basics of the [Chrome] extension system as well as the different APIs to enhance with the browser.” This of course means that extension support will likely arrive before that date or at least at the same time.

No further details are available at the time but the Chrome team has previously published documentation outlining general goals and principles for how they believe the extension system should operate. The move will certainly heat up the competition against Firefox but whether or not it would really get users to switch remains to be seen.

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DarkCobra said:
Well "Chrome" jumped into the pool with a big splash but has since quieted down quite a bit. It's a very nice basic lean browser with great speed but as so many of us said at the beginning "it felt kind of naked" in comparison to Firefox. You got the feeling they would soon have to start adding to it to compete and clearly that's begun. The competition is welcomed as we all benefit.
Julio said:
Add-on support was a must have for Chrome to be able to compete hand in hand with Firefox. That's not to say Google won't have an uphill battle, especially because the ideas and the actual code from many of Firefox's best add-ons have come from the dev community. On the other hand Google is one of the few companies that enjoy of the kind of goodwill necessary to build a supporting community from day one.
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