When Google announced that Chrome would be leaving Beta, they assumed that we were talking about March or February at the earliest, no one was predicting that they meant in a few days of this year. But that is exactly what happened. Chrome has been pushed out of Beta, and while it seems reasonably stable, the move seems a little premature. The smart money would have been on releasing Chrome with much more of a publicity push, but Google doesn’t seem all that committed to high profile version number launches, instead running its GoogleUpdate program, that’s so hard to get rid of, it’s practically a borderline Trojan, and updating in the background. You can’t call it a smart move or a stupid move, because it’s not clear how committed Google really is to Chrome. As a serious attempt at browser dominance, Google Chrome doesn’t cut it anymore than Google Talk had a shot at Instant Messaging dominance. But Google doesn’t always develop software for the reasons you think it does.