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Google on Chrome for Mac: "Please don't download!"

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Jake Turcotte

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Ah, curiosity.

What's the first thing most people will do when told explicitly not to do something? Exactly - do just that. And that's what's happened with Google Chrome for Mac, released in a special pre-beta developer preview late Thursday.

Chrome, the only browser to escape March's Pwn2Own security challenge uncompromised, had been PC-only since its release last year, leaving Mac and Linux users salivating as it racked up speed and performance accolades.

Early reviews report the same speedy results as available on the Windows version, but offer a note of caution. Let's put it this way: if a normal browser is a Toyota Camry, this version of Chrome is a stripped-down Corvette – with no cupholders, radio, AC, turn signals, wipers, seatbelts, or, um ... doors. Better hang on!

As Chrome Product Managers Mike Smith and Karen Grunberg point out, this version lacks Flash support, privacy settings, the ability to become the default browser, and, uh, printing. But don't despair, would-be Mac Chrome user! Lots of stuff works. Michael Muchmore, writing for PC Magazine, reports that "most pages I visited displayed just fine, including, for kicks, Bing, Facebook (even the chat), and My Yahoo."

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