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Chrome Launches 2.0 Beta

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Chrome Launches 2.0 Beta

Google is a strange beast when it comes to betas. Gmail has reams of functionality and sits in beta virtually 5 years (to the day) since release. Chrome on the other hand doesn't yet support RRS feeds but we're already onto v2.0...

Version '' is the first public beta of the second generation of Chrome and it focuses on perhaps the one area it doesn't really need to: performance.

Google is claiming speed improvements of up to 25 per cent and 35 per cent on the V8 and Sunspider benchmarks respectively from latest 1.x edition and virtually double the speed of the original Chrome beta. On top of this scores a 100 per cent pass rate on Acid3.

In terms of features the gains are sadly less significant however with basic functionality such as form autofill, full page zoom and autoscroll now supported. A Windows 7-esque ability to drag tabs into a side by side view is also in there. As for Chrome extensions, no sign yet.

The new Chrome beta officially runs on Vista and XP SP2+ but I've found it also works just fine on Windows 7 - as do most things. Grab it from the link below.


Chrome Blog Announcement

Chrome Beta

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March 18, 2009, 6:20 pm

I'm using it now and it's noticeably faster. I miss Firefox though.


March 18, 2009, 6:49 pm

"A Windows 7-esque ability to drag tabs into a side by side view is also in there."



March 18, 2009, 8:53 pm

What is going on? It may just be me and Vista, but it's impossible to rearrange the tab order. Dragging tabs only creates new windows??? Plain ridiculous. I'll be sticking with safari 4. There, they fixed speed, and then improved functionality and features. Chrome doesn't seem to be doing much...


March 18, 2009, 9:55 pm

If only it ran under Linux...


March 18, 2009, 10:27 pm

"Chrome on the other hand doesn't yet support RRS feeds"

What do we need RSS support for? It supports Google Reader. Not that I am using Chrome much until it gets addons like Firefox has.


March 19, 2009, 12:19 am

I completely agree with interpleb. Let loose the addons and the clever little developers will give Chrome all the functionality it needs, just like Firefox.


March 19, 2009, 3:32 am

I've been using it for around half an hour and have already had more crashes than I care to mention - though they only occur whenever I click on the 'New Tab' bookmark (I guess I should stop doing that).

This is one Google beta that deserves such a status.


March 22, 2009, 12:50 am

Thing is I love firefox like a family member. Going to chrome would be cheating. Ha ha.

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