Chrome to get Firefox-like extensions by May

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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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