Since yesterday, the Google Chrome Extension Gallery is available. Some weeks ago, Google has integrated an extension system into their web browser Chrome. 300 extensions are ready for installation.
Using extensions, you can extend your browser features easily, according to your wishes. For example, the “Google Mail Checker” adds a new icon next to the address bar, showing the unread mail count. The popular bookmark synchronisation Xmarks already available for Firefox is also available for Chrome. Brian Rakowski, Chrome Product Manager, says:
We wanted to make extensions easy to create and maintain, while preserving Google Chrome’s speed and stability. Extensions on Google Chrome accomplishes all these goals: they are as easy to create as web pages, easy to install, and each extension runs in its own process to avoid crashing or significantly slowing down the browser.
Developers can add new extensions directly to the Extension Gallery—an explicit check by Google is only necessary in special cases.
At the moment, extensions can only be installed with the current Google Chrome 4 Beta. It is unknown when its final version will be released.