Google Unveils Beta Chrome 37 Web Browser With Key Improvements
Chrome 37 Beta for Windows gets rid of its old Graphics Device Interface text renderer in favor of the Windows API DirectWrite.The new Chrome 37 Beta Web browser release from Google will be converted into the Stable release of Chrome in about four to six weeks, and when it does, it will bring a host of improvements that will benefit Windows users, including a move to the Windows DirectWrite API. The Chrome 37 Beta improvements were announced by Emil A. Eklund, a Google software engineer, in a July 17 post on The Chromium Blog. "Today's Chrome Beta channel release includes a slew of new developer features to help you make richer, faster and more compelling Web content and apps, especially for mobile devices," wrote Eklund. "Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to Chrome for Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS." One of the biggest updates in the new Chrome Version 37 Beta is support for DirectWrite, which is a Microsoft Windows API that provides clear, high-quality text rendering even on high DPI displays, wrote Eklund. "Before DirectWrite, Chrome used the Graphics Device Interface (GDI) to render text. GDI dates back to the mid-80s and reflects the engineering tradeoffs of that time, particularly for slower, lower-resolution machines. The switch to DirectWrite has been a top user request for years, and required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine." What this means for users, wrote Eklund, is "better-looking fonts and increased rendering performance as we roll out DirectWrite, with no changes required by Web developers. Assuming everything goes smoothly, all users will experience the improvements by the Chrome 37 stable release."