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google chrome logoA Google engineer recently posted a message on the Chromium development board stating that his team would be implementing a synchronization service into Chrome's open-source progenitor as early as this week. What's different about Chrome's sync service? It uses a "push" service, through Google Talk protocols, to instantly move bookmarks, settings, and other user data into a Google account base, where it could be accessed on the web from any browser. A developer channel build of Chrome with some of the first features implemented can be expected as early as the end of this week, according to the posting.

"A bunch of us have been working on a feature to sync user data in Chromium with a Google account. We have built a library that implements the client side of our sync protocol as well as the Google server-side infrastructure to serve Google Chrome users and synchronize data to their Google Account."

"We're planning to use the syncapi DLL to produce a sync-enabled Google Chrome build for dev-channel users in a week or so, to get the feature into experimentally inclined hands"

Google engineer Tim Steele wrote.

"We have a great deal of infrastructure, both in the browser and in the form of production Google services, that needs to start seeing real user traffic and usage. It takes a great deal of testing and confidence inspired by real usage statistics before any complex system like this can be deemed adequate for use by a large user base."

If you use Firefox, you can install the Mozilla Weave or Xmarks extensions to synchronize your bookmarks and other settings across multiple computers. Add a bookmark on one machine and it will show up in Firefox on your other machine. If you use multiple computers on a regular basis, this can be a killer feature.