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03 November 2009, 10:17

Chrome adds Bookmark Sync

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Google has released version of its Chrome WebKit-based browser for Windows into its beta channel, making it the first Chrome 4 branch to graduate from Google's developer channel (a.k.a. the Dev channel). In addition to a number of bug fixes and speed improvements, the latest beta release adds the ability for for users to synchronise their bookmarks between multiple computers.

The bookmark synchronisation feature was originally introduced in mid-August by Google Software Engineer Tim Steele in a post on The Chromium Blog. At the time users had to specifically activate the feature in the latest Dev channel release via a command-line flag. The Chrome 4 beta release now enables this feature by default and users need only sign in using their Google account on each of their computers to use it. According to Google, once activated, any changes to the bookmarks will automatically be synched on all of their computers in a "few seconds" using the same XMPP-based servers that power Google Talk.

The developers also note that Chrome Extensions are currently "disabled until the final API changes arrive". Users wanting to continue using the latest extension API are advised to use the latest Dev channel release. As this is a beta channel release, use in production environments and on mission critical machines is not advised.

More details about the release can be found in a post by Google Engineering Program Manager Jonathan Conradt on the Google Chrome Releases Blog. A short video on Synchronising bookmarks on Google Chrome is also provided. Chrome is available to download for Windows. Users that currently have a Chrome beta channel release installed can update using the built-in update function by clicking 'Tools', selecting 'About Google Chrome' and clicking the 'Update' button. Linux and Mac versions of Chrome beta have yet to be released.

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