Google has launched a version of its Google Chrome internet browser that is compatible with the Apple Mac OS X. Google Chrome for Mac is still in beta, and lacks some of of the features available in Google Chrome for Windows.

Google Chrome web browser - not to be mistaken for the Chrome OS - has been around for a little over a year.

Based in the WebKit technology that forms the kernel of Apple's own Safari browser, Google Chrome is a slim, fast and secure web browser. It may lack some of the features of browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox, but it is stable and rapid.

It boasts a sandboxed security mode that means, in principle, if one tab crashes the rest of the browser remains live.

The 17.6MB Google Chrome for Mac download requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and an Intel processor. Right now it lacks features from its Windows counterpart such as a Bookmark Manager, support for Google Gears, and a full extension architecture.

Google Chrome for Mac