by September 2, 2011 0 comments







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Google
Chrome
completes three years today. Here’s a quick fly-by through
the some of the highlights of the past 12 months on the Chrome
platform:

Faster
and faster

  • We kick off the Year
    of the Rabbit
     with a new compilation infrastructure
    for the V8 JavaScript engine, codenamed “
    Crankshaft,” which improves JavaScript
    performance by up to 66 percent.

  • Chrome’s new
    settings interface
     helps you find the right settings
    quickly with an integrated search box. It also provides direct links to
    each settings page, which can be copied and pasted for easy
    troubleshooting.

  • The omnibox is improved to better suggest partial
    matches for webpage titles and URLs.

  • You can optionally enable Chrome

    Instant, which shows
    relevant content in the browser window as you type, before you press
    Enter.

  • Chrome’s built-in prerendering

    technology enables sites to build even faster
    experiences for their users-such as
     Instant Pages in Google search, which in some cases
    makes search results appear to
     load almost instantly.

Simpler
and
more accessible

  • Chrome supports many popular screen
    readers such as
     JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOverto help visually impaired people better
    experience the web.

  • Print Preview, a popular

    feature request, uses
    Chrome’s built-in
     PDF viewer to display the preview, and enables you
    to save any webpage as a convenient PDF file using the “
    Print to PDF
    option.

  • Chrome’s icon takes on a simpler

    look to embody the Chrome spirit, since
    Chrome is all about making your web experience quicker, lighter and
    easier for all.

An
even
more secure platform

  • Our integrated and sandboxed

    PDF viewer enables you to view PDF files on the
    web without installing additional software. Furthermore, we built an
    additional layer of security around the PDF viewer called a “
    sandbox” to help
    protect you from security attacks that are targeted at PDF files.

  • Adobe Flash Player is sandboxed

    on Windows, further
    protecting you from security attacks and malware targeted at Flash
    content on the web.

  • Chrome warns you before downloading some
    types of malicious files
     with enhancedSafe Browsing technology. In order to help protect privacy,
    malicious content is detected without Chrome or Google ever having to
    know about the URLs that you visit or the files you download.

  • To provide greater transparency and
    control over the data that websites store on your computers, Chrome
    lets you delete
     Local Shared Objects created

    by Adobe Flash Player using the browser’s built-in

    setting dialogs.

Wowzah,
the
modern web!

  • The Chrome Web Store is an open marketplace where you can
    search for and discover web applications, both free and paid, along
    with ratings and reviews. Developers can add
     in-app

    payments to their apps for a flat 5 percent
    transaction fee.

  • Chrome supports WebGL, which brings hardware-accelerated

    3D graphics to the browser with no additional
    software needed. For a taste of what WebGL can do, check out “
    3 Dreams of Black,”
    a 3D music experience for the web browser.
     

  • Chrome’s support for the HTML
    speech input API
     enables developers to give web apps the
    ability to transcribe your voice into text. Try it out on
    www.google.com by clicking on the microphone icon in the search box.

  • Hardware-accelerated 3D
    CSS
     enables snazzier experiences in webpages and apps which use 3D effects.

Delivering
a
new, simpler model for computing

  • Chrome is enterprise

    ready, with an MSI
    installer and support for managed group policies. Many organizations
    such as Vanguard and Procter & Gamble have successfully deployed
    Chrome to thousands of users in an enterprise setting.

  • As of this past July, Chromebooks are
    now
     available for purchase in
    eight countries-the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the
    Netherlands and South Korea. And just like Chrome, the Chromebook
     always

    keeps getting better. When
    you turn your Chromebook on, it updates itself automatically: you get
    the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having
    to think about it.
     

 


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