Apps for Windows : Chrome 2


Google Chrome has gotten another speed bump with the latest upgrade. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably would have been using the updates through the beta/dev channel already, but now the stable channel has gotten these updates as well. Here are the upgrades from the Google Chrome blog:

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.

No word on extensions in Chrome 2 so far, but you can get them using some tricks. Chrome 2 is definitely faster, specially with Google services. At the same time, Internet Explorer seems faster for Microsoft’s online services. So, there you go, I summed it up for you. Chrome 2 is a must have upgrade though, just for its super speed.

(This update still hasn’t fixed the bugs on Windows 7 64 bit for me with different user accounts. Anyone else facing them?)

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