Google Releases New Version of Google Chrome

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-03-17 Print this article Print

Google announced the newest beta release of Google Chrome, the company's entry into the Web browser market. This version includes additional browsing tools, such as basic form autofill and full-page zoom. Google Chrome is competing in a crowded market against the likes of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and others.

Google announced on March 17 the newest beta release of Google Chrome, its Web browser. This beta has been released, the company says, with the intention of drawing feedback on its new features.  

Since Chrome initially rolled out in September 2008, Google has strived to make its Web browser unique in the market, including features such as Google Gears, a hybrid search address bar.

Seven months and 29 updates later, Google claims that this new beta version is nearly twice as fast as the original beta version. Although the company removed the "beta" designation from Chrome in December, it's reattached the label "for some early feedback," according to the newly launched Google Chrome Blog that can be found here.

"The first thing you might notice about this new beta is the speed improvement, but you'll also find additional browsing tools," "such as basic form autofill, full page zoom, support for autoscroll, and a new way to drag tabs into side-by-side view."

"If you're already using Google Chrome and choose to install the new beta, you will update and replace the current version on your desktop," "Otherwise, you can just keep on using the stable version."

News has been heating up on the browser-wars front. On March 13, Mozilla released its Firefox 3.1 beta 3 Web browser, also for evaluation and feedback. That version of Firefox claimed increased stability and support for new Web technologies.

Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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