Google Chrome Says Goodbye to http:// Prefix no longer necessary, developers decide By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Apr 19, 2010 10:54 AM CDT 20 comments Comments In the developer's version of Google Chrome, addresses look more like this. (Newser) – Do you really need that http:// at the front of a web address? Google doesn't think so. The developer version of its Chrome browser now just hides the ubiquitous prefix, Mashable reports. It's an aesthetic improvement, but not necessarily a functional one—some users have already reported the feature as a bug; others worry that it'll train users to omit it, which could cause problems. Some software, they note, looks for the http:// when auto-linking URLs.