Chrome 12 Graduates Out of Beta, Showcases Nice New Features
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jun 2011
Google has announced that a new version of its Chrome Web browser has made it to the Stable channel – Chrome 12. As you may already know, and if you don’t I’m going to tell you right now, Google rolls out chrome versions on three channels: the dev channel (think of this as an Alpha channel), the Beta channel, and the Stable channel. Once a Chrome version makes it to the Stable channel, it is ready for the general public. And that is what happened with Chrome 12.

According to Google, there are some 160 million Chrome users out there, users who will get to enjoy the functionality Chrome 12 has to offer. What does Chrome 12 have to offer? As Google explained, this version has better graphics, and is more security and privacy oriented. Here’s a closer look at what Chrome 12 has to offer.


Better graphics thanks to hardware-acceleration
Support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS has been implemented, meaning that web developers can use CSS to apply cool 3D effects to web page content as well as add 3D effects to web apps. Google has rolled out a “Shaun the Sheep” Chrome Experiment that showcases the “snazzier experience” hardware-accelerated 3D CSS has to offer; check I out here.

Security and Privacy
When the user attempts to download a malicious file, the Chrome web browser will issue a warning informing him that the download may be malicious. The browser can do this by checking the file the user wants to download against the Safe Browsing API. So thanks to the Safe Browsing, Chrome users are protected against malicious and phishing sites, and from malicious downloads.

In the past if you wanted to remove Flash Local Shared Objects (LSOs), you had to go to Adobe’s website and use an online settings application. You don’t have to do that when using Chrome 12. LSOs can be deleted from the browser’s settings. Removing LSOs is something users who care about their privacy may want to do, especially since many websites store information on the user’s computer using LSOs.

If you would like to get Chrome 12, you can get it straight from Google here.
Chrome 11 users should get an automated update prompt in the coming days.

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