Chrome Browser Arrives in Stable Version 12

by Sam Dean - Jun. 09, 2011Comments (0)

In keeping with the browser's rapid release cycle, Google has moved quickly from beta tests of its version 12 Chrome browser to a stable release, which is available now. Chrome 12.0.742.91 includes a number of new features and updates, some of which are focused on security, and some of which address performance and user experience. To get most early releases of Chrome, you need to opt-in to Google's Early Access Release Channel, but once you've installed Chrome you're on the Stable Release Channel and receive updates.

Enhancements to the new version 12 of Chrome are detailed on the Official Chrome Blog, including these: 

"Chrome is now more secure, thanks to enhancements to our Safe Browsing technology. In addition to protecting you from certain malware and phishing websites, Chrome now warns you before downloading some types of malicious files. We’ve carefully designed this feature so that malicious content can be detected without Chrome or Google ever having to know about the URLs you visit or the files you download."

"Chrome also now gives you more control over the data that websites store on your computer. This includes Flash Player’s Local Shared Objects (LSOs), which were previously only manageable using an online settings application on Adobe’s website. We’ve worked closely with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Chrome, making it easier for you to manage your online privacy."

Many of the user comments in reaction to version 12 laud Google's rapid release cycle for the browser, which appears in many new versions each year. As we've noted, Mozilla is now sticking to its recently announced rapid release cycle for Firefox, with a new version 5 in testing. Traditionally, new versions of Firefox have arrived at a much slower rate than new versions of Chrome do.

It's worth noting that there are a number of graphics improvements in Chrome 12. The Chrome blog notes:

"This release includes support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS, which means you’ll get a snazzier experience in some web pages and web apps that choose to implement 3D effects. To see hardware-accelerated 3D CSS in action, check out this Chrome Experiment on Windows Vista / Mac OS X 10.6 or above, featuring clips from Aardman Studio's 'Shaun the Sheep.”

Chrome 12 also improves the browser's tight integration with web apps. You can launch individual apps directly from the Omnibox by typing application names in. As The H notes, if you are an Ubuntu user, you can also use the Unity global menu bar in seamless fashion with version 12.

Chrome and Firefox, without a doubt, are leading the way among browsers, as Microsoft's Internet Explorer continues to shed market share. If you're like me, you use both browsers, and the new version 12 is a must-have addition to your arsenal.





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