Update Available on the Beta Channel: Chrome for Windows
Article by George Norman
On 06 Aug 2009
The Mountain View search engine giant has updated its Windows version of the Chrome browser on the Beta channel. The official string of this latest chrome Beta offering is Chrome Beta for Windows. The update comes with several enhancements: the new tab page has been updated, the Omnibox has been revised, the browser provides support for themes, and work on giving Chrome Beta HTML capabilities has started.

Why just the other day we were reporting that Google opened a Themes Gallery webpage for the Chrome browser. The initial offering comes with 29 themes (or skins of you will), some quite interesting, some blindingly repulsive.


On top of the changes presented above, this latest Chrome browser comes with more speed. According to Google Software Engineer Glen Murphy, you can expect Chrome to be one third faster than the stable Chrome version. On top of that, you can expect Chrome to load your pages faster than ever before because it is capable of prioritizing them.

“We continue to focus on speed, and this beta release shows over 30% improvement on both the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over our current stable channel release. Beyond the improvements in JavaScript execution in this latest beta, there are a host of other improvements that should help Google Chrome make the most of your network connection. When you open a new web page while other web pages are still loading, Google Chrome is now smarter about prioritizing the requests for the new page ahead of the requests from the older pages. Loading pages on this beta release should also be faster than ever with DNS caching, more efficient DOM bindings, and using V8 for proxy auto-config,” explained Glen Murphy.

Leaving speed aside, let’s take a moment to look at the other features Chrome comes with.

Updated new tab page
- You can customize the sites that appear in the Most Visited slot by simply clicking and dragging.
- Website thumbnails can be pinned to a certain area and they will never perform a vanishing act on you.
- Part of the new tab page can be hidden via the layout buttons on the top right hand side.

Revised Omnibox
- The Omnibox drop-down menu has been optimized
- Icons have been added to help you tell suggested sites, searches, bookmarks, and browsing history sites apart.

Theme support
- Just visit the Themes Gallery site here and select one to use on your Chrome browser.

HTML5 Capabilities
- Chrome comes with the following HTML capabilities: video tag and web worker.

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

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