Google Launches Chrome 10 Beta

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Google launched the first beta version of Chrome 10, this Thursday. The browser boasts of   JavaScript speed advancements, synchronization improvements, and a shift from a window-based preferences menu to a tab-based menu.

Chrome 10.0.648.82 is available as a beta channel release for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. According to Google its browser delivers 66% faster JavaScript performance than the current Chrome 9 stable channel version and uses V8 – Crankshaft JavaScript engine. Chrome 10 is found to be faster than Internet Explorer 9 in JavaScript performance and it also supports more HTML5 elements than Internet Explorer 9.

In a post entitled “Faster than a speeding rabbit: speed, sync, and settings” on the Google Chrome Blog, product manager Jeff Chang and product marketing manager Min Li Chan rave about the efficiency of Chrome 10 saying  “Users with capable graphics hardware should see a significant decrease in CPU usage. In full screen mode, CPU usage may decrease by as much as 80%. This means better battery life so you can keep going and going like that pink bunny in the commercials”.

Beyond its speed, the new beta comes with several impressive features. It includes a preliminary implementation of GPU acceleration for video that allows more efficient processor utilization and better battery life. For those looking for the convenience of saving passwords, Chrome 10 also supports password synchronization, across multiple computers. You can also encrypt your synced passwords with a secret sync passphrase, for added security.

The Settings interface has also been redesigned, displaying it on the Web page area, rather than a separate dialog. Also new in the settings is a search box, where you can just type in the function you’re looking for and set it on the resulting page.

Chrome has been coming up with more and more advanced versions of browsers. For now, let us enjoy the speed, efficiency and features of Chrome 10. To try out the browser, head to the Google Chrome Beta download page.

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