Friday, May 22, 2009

Google Chrome v2 released

Google Chrome once again left the beta tag behind and emerged as a stable version 2.0. The new release has lots of stability fixes and over 300 bugs taken care of. A new version of WebKit and an update to the JavaScript engine, V8, makes it even speedier. Other improvements include:

Improved New Tab Page: The most requested feature from users was the ability to remove thumbnails from the New Tab page. Now you can finally hide that embarrassing gossip blog from the Most Visited section.

Full Screen Mode: If you've ever given a presentation or watched a large video using Google Chrome, you might have wished you could use every last pixel on your screen for the content. Now you can hide the title bar and the rest of the browser window by hitting F11 or selecting the option in the Tools menu.

Form Autofill: Filling out your information in forms over and over again can be tedious. Form autofill helps by showing information you've previously entered into the same form fields automatically. If at any point you want to clear out your information, that's easy to do from the Tools menu.

Google says the version number 2 is “mainly a metric to help us keep track of changes internally. We don't give too much weight to version numbers and will continue to roll out useful updates as often as possible.”

Strangely enough, the browser has hit the second version with no Mac support in sight. The new download, as usual, is for Windows only.

[via Google Chrome Blog]

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