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Google Chrome To Have Extensions/Plugins By May 2009

by Chrome Blog on February 5, 2009

All developers and users who have been waiting impatiently for Google Chrome to support extensions and plugins will now be very happy with the latest developments. Google had announced last year in December that Extensions would soon be coming in Google Chrome, but had remained silent as to when it would be coming. They had given an idea of how the extensions would work, their packaging guidelines etc in an Extension Design Document earlier.

Chrome Extensions By May

Today Nicholos Moline noticed an interesting thing about Chrome Extensions in a session at the Google I/O 2009, an Annual Developers Conference of Google, which opened registrations today. They have posted a list of Sessions (which is subject to change) and quite prominently placed on that list is a session titled “Developing Extensions For Google Chrome”. They have provided a preview of the session so as to let everyone know what Google O/I has to offer. The description states :

Developing Extensions For Google Chrome

Learn how Google Chrome makes it easy to write extensions using the web technologies you already know. This talk will cover the basics of the extension system (distribution/packaging, installation, updates), as well as the different APIs to enhance with the browser.

Having seen this, we can assume that google will add Support for Extensions in Google Chrome before May 27th, when the conference would start.

Alongwith the Extensions Design Documents released by Google in december last year, they had also released a list of APIs which included support for changing themes, manipulation of download system, customization of  toolstrips & buttons, interaction with history & bookmark system, adding support for sidebars and status bars.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 skyhook 02.08.09 at 4:33 pm

I’m anxiously awaiting these plugins. I hope there’s one that shows a preview thumb in google searches of the website, as well as a plugin in the bottom right corner to see alexa and pr ratings.

2 otto 02.24.09 at 12:40 pm

Can we have a Leechblock type productivity/ webpage blocker tool?

3 Bruce 03.31.09 at 5:25 pm

Just port all of the firefox extensions to Chrome !!

4 Michael 04.09.09 at 3:21 pm

Bruce, it’s nice idea, but can’t happen as Chrome isn’t built for dopes to mess about with. Extensions are fine in theory, but if anything is allowed then the browser becomes messy and unsafe. I’ve used Firefox for a long time, and ended up dumping many of the so-called ‘cool’ extensions because they caused unexpected behaviour.

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