Google releases stable version of Chrome 7

By on October 20, 2010, 8:28 AM
Keeping up with its promise to accelerate the release cycle for Chrome and push out a new stable build every six weeks, Google has released version 7 of its browser. The update brings dozens of bug fixes as well as several features that have been available to beta and developers build users for several months. That includes an updated HTML5 parser, support for directory upload and an HTML5 File API, which allows for web-based content to read files stored locally on a user's system, full AppleScript support for Mac OS X UI automation, and new options for managing cookies.

The update also addresses a total of 11 security vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser, including one that Google rates as critical and five high-risk issues. The critical bug involves a flaw with the form autofill functionality that can crash the browser, while the high-risk bugs involve URL spoofing, memory corruption, elements issues and other crashes.

The release seems a bit light on new features compared to past versions and it doesn’t seem that Google is too concerned about using version numbers to mark a significant development milestone – at this pace we’ll be using Chrome 15 one year from now. But as long as they keep the browser lean and fast I can’t say I’m too concerned with this either. The latest stable build (7.0.517.41) is available now for Windows, Linux and OS X. Those who currently have Chrome installed can use the built-in update function in under the About Google Chrome menu item.




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treeski treeski said:

There's now a Chrome icon on the bottom left of the "New Tab" page... kinda random lol.

Regardless, it's always good to have security fixes

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Two words:

Firefox. 4.

(Yes, numbers are counted as words.)

Guest said:

Three words;

IE8

(yes, capital letters count as words)

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Three words;

IE8

(yes, capital letters count as words)

Hmm, I don't know if this is a troll move or simply an incredulous comment, and it's because of two things. #1 being the fact that capital letters are NOT words (well, the name LETTERS is pretty specific). Or #2, the fact you used IE as the browser of choice for your comment.

Hmm, decisions, decisions...

Guest said:

when will they release a 64 bit Chrome ????

Guest said:

64bit chrome y?

Guest said:

yeah ... can't read your fricking captcha ... ease up a bit eh?

Guest said:

CanÂ't see Flash movies with this update. :(

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Chrome is the fastest, although I keep Firefox around for certain stuff. But i use Chrome 99.9% and 00.1% is Firefox. IE2,3,4,5,6,7 and now 8 Microsoft really needs to rebuild the browser code. But hey IE always the best standby in all it's integrated into the OS and gets pushed onto the system with every Windows 7 update!

Guest said:

64-bit Chrome was released a long time ago but not for Windows users (too bad for you guys).

Also I'm sorry but Firefox 4 is/will be worse than Chrome. There's just no question about it. It still doesn't even pass the Acid 3 test and based on my benchmarks it's java script  engine ("TraceMonkey" was it?) is about twice slower than Chrome's V8.

But please note that I'm not saying Firefox is a bad browser. I'm just saying Chrome is not worse.

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