Google Chrome Again Enters Beta, Get Chrome 2.0 Beta 1
Article by George Norman
On 18 Mar 2009
If it is one thing that can be said about Google and their take Chrome browser, is that both the company and the browser move fast, very fast. Google Chrome is fast to surf the web, and the development team behind it is fast to put out new versions of the software program. Since Chrome 1.0 has been out of Beta since late last year, it is now time for Chrome 2.0 to enter the Beta development phase.

Product Manager with Google Chrome, Brian Rakowski comments: “In December, we took the 'BETA' label off our first version of the Google Chrome browser. Since then, we have continued to release fixes and updates to this version, while building and testing new browser improvements in our developer releases. Now, we're ready to roll out the next beta of Google Chrome to get some early feedback on features that are still being polished.”


So what exactly does Chrome 2.0 Beta bring to the table? There are several features to report upon in this latest release: full page zoom, form autofill, autoscroll support, drag tabs in the side-by-side view. But the best feature of all is the fact that the browsing speed has improved – as you can see from the images at the bottom of the article.

Brian Rakowski again: “The best thing about this new beta is speed — it's 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version. We're doing our best to quickly churn out new features as they are available rather than saving them up for occasional major releases. Riding the beta channel is a great way to let us know about what's working and what's not, but don't be surprised to find some rough edges.”

If you would like to get Chrome 2.0 Beta, a download location is available here .

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