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.
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.