Speedier, Simpler and Safer: Chrome

Just three weeks ago, Google kicked off the Year of the Rabbit with a speedy Chrome beta. They’re excited to bring these speed improvements and more to everyone using Chrome. With this stable release, even your most complex web apps will run more quickly and responsively in the browser. This boost corresponds to a 66% improvement in JavaScript performance on the V8 benchmark suite.

Google Chrome 10

Google Chrome With Speed

Google realized that speed isn’t just about pure brawn in the browser—it’s also about saving time with simple interfaces. Chrome’s new settings interface will help you get to the right settings quickly so you don’t have to dig endlessly to find a way to import your bookmarks or change your browser’s homepage. Google added a search box that shows you the settings you’re looking for, as you type. On top of that, you can also copy and paste a direct link into Chrome’s address bar to jump to a specific settings page.

Here’s the new settings interface in action:

Password Sync

For those of you who save your passwords in the browser, you can now quickly log on to the websites you frequent even when you switch computers, by simply synchronizing those passwords across your computers. You can also encrypt those passwords with your own secret passphrase for extra security. To enable sync on each of your computers, visit the “Personal Stuff” section in Chrome’s settings (or just type “sync” in the settings search box). You can also choose to sync bookmarks, extensions, preferences, themes and more.

Finally, you’ll be even safer as you speed around the web, as Google extended Chrome’s sandboxing technology to the integrated Flash Player in Chrome. So if you’re using Windows Vista or newer versions, you’ll benefit from the additional layer of protection against malicious webpages.

To learn more about sandboxing, check out this animated video:

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