Today Big G announced that its browser baby, Google Chrome, is ready to leave the nest. That is, it's being pushed as appropriate for corporate use.
"Both Chrome and Chromium are now manageable through Group Policy objects on Windows, plist/MCX configuration on Mac, and special JSON configuration files on Linux," wrote Glenn Wilson, Google Product Manager and Daniel Clifford, Google Software Engineer, in the official announcement. "We polished up the NTLM and Kerberos protocol support, and created a list of supported policies and administrative templates to help administrators deploy."
And while that's all fine and dandy, it's ultimately up to said administrators to decide whether or not Chrome is really ready. But wait! Even team Chrome admits that they've still got work to do.
"Even though the first set of features is done, we still have a lot more we’d like to do," continued Clifford and Wilson. "We have some interesting ideas that we’re working on, including more policies to manage everything in the content settings and authentication protocols, and interesting new ways to deploy policy cross-platform."
Testing the Waters ≠ Readiness
Tossing a product that clearly needs more work into the shark tank is pretty normal for the ever-eager Google (except when it comes to Chrome OS), but corporate admins are markedly conservative and time is money. Whether or not they'll be willing to deploy a browser that still needs work -- let alone be willing to help out with bugs -- remains to be seen.
Chrome has spread to account for nearly 10 percent of browser usage worldwide, but Google is still hungry. If you're interested in helping out on a business level, do so and let us know what sort of obstacles (if any) you hit.