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Friday, December 12, 2008

Finally Chrome Came Out of BETA

Google announced the release of chrome under beta on start of September. After the release it is becoming more and more popular. In just 100 days, it got more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product. So today Google announced that with today's fifteenth release they are taking off the "beta" label!

Google Chrome is a better browser today. Some of the areas where it made great progress include:

Better stability and performance of plug-ins (particularly video). Video and audio glitches were among the most common bugs fixed during the beta period. If you had problems watching videos with Google Chrome in the past, you should be pleasantly surprised with the performance now.

Even more speed. Google Chrome starts up fast, loads pages quickly, and just keeps getting faster. Since the first beta, the V8 JavaScript engine runs 1.4 times faster on the SunSpider benchmark and 1.5 times faster on the V8 benchmark — and there is more speed to come.

Bookmark manager and privacy controls. Better bookmark features were a top request from our users. It's now easier to switch between another browser and Google Chrome with the bookmark import and export features, and Chrome had added a new simple way to manage large numbers of bookmarks, too. All of the features in Google Chrome which affect user privacy are now grouped in one place with detailed explanations for each one.

Google Chrome's unique sandbox technology creates an additional layer of defense against harmful software, while the Safe Browsing feature provides protection against phishing and malware attacks for many browser users.

Chrome team is working to add some common browser features such as form autofill and RSS support in the near future. they are also developing an extensions platform along with support for Mac and Linux. If you are already using Google Chrome, the update system ensures that you get the latest bug fixes and security patches, so you will get the newest version automatically in the next few days.

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