Google is shifting its web browser out of test mode just 100 days after its debut, an unusually quick transition for a company known for keeping the "beta" tag on some products for years.
The removal of the test label from Google's browser, called Chrome, underscores its importance to the internet search leader.
Google is trying to lure web surfers away from the leading browsers, Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer and the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox.
In the process, Google hopes Chrome makes it easier to gather insights about users' preferences and extends the popularity of its online applications, which are supposed to run more smoothly and quickly in Chrome.
Since its September 2 introduction, Chrome has attracted more than 10 million active users around the world, according to a Google blog posting that announced the browser's upgrade.
Chrome still has a long way to catch up to Internet Explorer, which has about 70 per cent of the market, depending on the differing estimates from various market researchers. Firefox held about 20 per cent, while Apple Inc.'s Safari was third with less than 10 per cent. Chrome has less than 1 per cent.
Google said it decided to take Chrome out of beta because of improvements to the browser's stability and security. Among other things, Chrome now does a better job of playing video and audio than it was first introduced, loads pages even more quickly and offers more controls over bookmarks and privacy, according to Google.
The updates will automatically be made for people already using Chrome.
Other more popular Google products haven't shed the beta tag as quickly. The Mountain View-based company's news section stayed in beta for more than three years after its 2002 debut and its free email service remains in beta more than four and a half years after it hit the market.