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Google Chrome OS, Mac browser get polished for the holidays

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Two bits from the Google Chrome camp made news this morning.

TechCrunch is reporting that Google's Chrome operating system is set to roll out for public download within a week, and CNET decoded a Google Chrome developer email to conclude that a public beta of the Google Chrome browser for Mac will arrive early next month.

First, the OS news. When Chrome OS was announced back in July, many in the tech world predicted that it would deal a major blow to Microsoft. But next week's early release (if it in fact arrives – TechCrunch cites only an anonymous source) isn't going to be Redmond's undoing. Expect a pared-down, "trial mode" experience geared at working out bugs.

Oh, and don't expect to install Chrome OS on that new full-featured laptop or desktop. The first iteration of Chrome OS, as has been said all along, should be aimed at a small selection of netbooks.

Mac browser

Chrome has been out for PCs for more than a year, but when word of an early beta version of the browser for Mac and Linux came out in June, the official word from Chrome Product Managers Mike Smith and Karen Grunberg was "Please DON'T DOWNLOAD THEM! Unless of course you are a developer or take great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable, and potentially crashing software."

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