Not to be outdone, Brendan Eich of the Mozilla Foundation announced shortly thereafter that pre-release versions of Firefox 3.1 are yet faster than Chrome.
Of course the million dollar question is, will Internet Explorer keep up? Apparently, yes. An in-depth analysis by John Resig of JQuery fame shows that beta versions of IE8 are at least in the ballpark, that is, within 3x of Chrome. That may sound slow until you realize that still puts IE8 3x ahead of IE7, because the overall speed gains indicated by these announcements are over 10x. And this is just a beta, released before the performance bar was so drastically and so visibly raised, which should provide motivation to keep up.