Google Chrome Beta Released

October 30th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Have you been using Google Chrome?  At first I found it intriguing and was convinced off the bat to shift.  However, after a couple of hours, I found myself back in Firefox downloading the latest version of Opera and reorganizing my desktop icons to include a category of internet browsers.

Google Chrome is great but it’s not better than Firefox nor IE.  It’s a great alternative to what we’re used to and for the CEO of Opera, it’s a godsend.  The release of Google Chrome back in September put the spotlight on alternative browsers.  This exposure increased Opera downloads by 20%.

So why isn’t Chrome the best (yet), well like every new software its got bugs and that’s why there’s beta testing.  In a blog post last night, the Google Chrome engineers announced that the latest beta release of Chrome is available for download.  If you’re too lazy, your Chrome will update itself in a couple of days.

The third and latest release of Chrome tackles some significant issues the initial release had.  Mark Larson, Google Chrome Program Manager lists the important stuff in his announcement.

Security Update

  • This release fixes an issue with address spoofing in pop-ups. A site could convince a user to click a link to open a pop-up window. The window’s address bar could be manipulated to show a different address than the actual origin of the content. Security rating: Medium. This flaw could be used to mislead people about the origin of a web site in order to get them to divulge sensitive information. Disclosed by: Liu Die Yu of the TopsecTianRongXin research lab.

Top Issues Fixed

  • Scrolling with laptop touchpads now works.
  • Improved performance and reliability for plugins (like Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, and Windows Media). We fixed issues with video not loading, stopping after a second, and slowing down or freezing Google Chrome (100% CPU usage).
  • Fixed the ‘chrome has crashed’ message when you close a tab that was showing PDF using Adobe Reader 9.
  • We no longer store data from secure sites (they use https: and show a lock in the address bar) in your history. You can still search your history for the site’s address, but not the contents on the page.
  • Improved performance and reliability for people who use web proxies (thanks to griffinz for the fixes).

Changes to how things look and work

  • The New tab, New window, and New incognito window options moved from the ‘Control the current page’ menu to the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ (wrench) menu. Thanks to Szymon Piechowicz for the patch. 
  •  ‘New incognito window’ always opens a new window. ‘New window’ always opens a new normal window. Both options are always visible on the wrench menu.
  • The spell checker works on text input fields and underlines misspelled words. You can now add words to the spell check dictionary so they are not shown as misspelled (right click on a misspelled word and choose ‘Add to dictionary…’).
  • The download behavior for files that could run programs (exe, dll, bat, etc.) has changed. These files are now downloaded to unconfirmed_*.download files. Google Chrome asks you if you want to accept the download. Only after you click Save is the unconfirmed_*.download file converted to the real file name. Downloads that you never confirm are deleted when Google Chrome exits.