An Overview of the Latest updates to Google Chrome

I have been testing the “beta” versions of Google’s web browser, Chrome, since its’ inception, approximately 8 months ago. Chrome is definitely a “watch and see” browser that just may end up being a top contender. The developers really seem to be listening to the requests of users by embedding additional requested features into the browser, with the main emphasis (at this point) being on speed (page loads). I can personally attest that I do notice a difference in Chrome’s startup and browser page loads, compared to the other browsers; AND, often find myself using it as a “go to” browser when I want to do nothing but surf the net. The one feature that users are screaming for (and it is coming) is browser “add-ons” or “extensions” similar to those in Firefox. Chrome is a browser that is specifically being crafted as the launching point for the cloud computing and cloud OS platforms.  I currently use Chrome on my PC with Firefox (my current favorite) and Internet Explorer.  Chrome is what I use as my default browser on my Acer Aspire One netbook.

You can preview the latest updates to Google Chrome by watching the short (less than 2 minutes video) or by visiting the Google Chrome Blog [ HERE ] .

Features recently included in the most recent “stable channel” release are:

Improved New Tab Page: The most requested feature from users was the ability to remove thumbnails from the New Tab page. Now you can finally hide that embarrassing gossip blog from the Most Visited section.

Full Screen Mode: If you’ve ever given a presentation or watched a large video using Google Chrome, you might have wished you could use every last pixel on your screen for the content. Now you can hide the title bar and the rest of the browser window by hitting F11 or selecting the option in the Tools menu.

Form Autofill: Filling out your information in forms over and over again can be tedious. Form autofill helps by showing information you’ve previously entered into the same form fields automatically. If at any point you want to clear out your information, that’s easy to do from the Tools menu.

Increased Stability: Google Chrome is more stable than ever–we have fixed over 300 bugs that caused crashes since launch.

Increased Speed: Making the web faster continues to be our main area of focus. Thanks to a new version of WebKit and an update to our JavaScript engine, V8, interactive web pages will run even faster. We’ve also made sure that JavaScript keeps running fast even when you have lots of tabs open. Try opening a bunch of web applications and then running your favorite benchmark. You can read more about V8 in our JavaScript scalability post on the Chromium blog.

[Source: Google Chrome Blog ]

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