Google says 10m are now using its Chrome browser

LONDON - More than 10m internet users are browsing with Google's Chrome the company claimed today, as it released a new version of the web browser.

Launched just 100 days ago, Google said the most common bugs for its web browser had been addressed and with its 15th update to the browser, which until now had only been available as a beta version.

The company has a history of keeping beta labels on its products, such as Gmail, which has been in beta mode for the past four years.

The tag is used when products are still being tested as bugs and other technical issues are worked out.

On the Google blog, the company said the browser is 1.5 times faster than it was when initially launched, and is now being used by 10m across in over 200 countries.

After taking user feedback, Google improved Chrome's audio and video performance, bookmark features and privacy controls.

The company is currently working on developing some more common browser features, such as form autofill and RSS support.

Chrome is currently not available for Mac or Linux operating systems, something Google claimed it is developing for the very near future.

After 100 days in beta form, Chrome has taken a healthy user share of the web browser market, just under 1%, according to internet statistics firm Net Applications.

However, the market is still dominated by Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which is used by more than 70% of web users.

With the introduction of other browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox and Apple's Safari, Internet Explorer's market share has been steadily dropping after hitting its peak in 2004 with over 90%.

One fifth of internet users now browse with Firefox, and 7% use Safari.