Google previews Chrome 2.0

By on January 9, 2009, 12:13 PM
Not even a month has gone by since Google first took its new-fangled browser out of beta with version 1.0, yet the internet giant is ready to give us an early peek at Chrome 2.0. Released quietly via Google's Chrome developer channel, the new version overhauls the way the open source browser handles HTTP and adds functionality such as auto-complete in text fields – something rival browsers have had for a long time.

The 2.0 Chrome pre-beta also now correctly implements the zoom feature so that everything on the page scales together, according to Google's release notes, adds auto-scrolling, a new docking feature, better profile support and experimental support for Greasemonkey scripts. Lastly, the new version uses a more recent revision of the WebKit rendering engine that has support for some of Apple’s non-standard CSS features, including gradients, reflections, and masks.

Chrome 2.0 is an alpha release and as such it might not live up to your stability expectations just yet. At the very least, though, its ongoing development shows Google’s commitment to making Chrome a serious contender on the desktop. If you decide to give it a try and experience many crashes it isn’t hard to switch back to the stable version – just reinstall the earlier version.




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vpcoded said:
I have been browsing with chrome for a while now. I tend to use it when i notice explorer having issues with a page i simply use chrome and TADA no problems. A little basic for me with out a seprate search bar i tend to forget that i can just type a word in the main bar. Not really a bad thing just new to me. I love my home page that shows pictures of the web sites that i visit the most. I also like the fact that it spell checks every thing you type and you can just right click and correct it. I have always used Google as a spell check so i like that it can spell check any typing in cgi bin formats.
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