You can now test Google's beta 64-bit Chrome for Windows

Summary:Google has released beta version of 64-bit Chrome for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Anyone on Windows who's interested to find out what a cleaned-up version of Google's 64-bit version of Chrome feels like can install the beta today.

Google's 64-bit Chrome for Windows 7 and Windows 8 arrived in June , but only in less stable editions for developers under its Canary and dev channels for Chrome.

Google released the beta version on Wednesday, offering the average interested Windows user a chance to test out the new browser that's designed to take advantage of computers that can run 64-bit applications — which would include most recently-bought hardware. 

But what's the advantage of running a 64-bit browser? As Google said in June, 64-bit Chrome should be faster, especially in graphics and multimedia content, and more secure since it can take advantage of Windows 8's built-in anti-exploit technology (high entropy Address Space Layout Randomisation). And, according to Google, the crash rate for render processes in 64-bit Chrome are half that of 32-bit Chrome.

While these improvements may come with the beta version released today, they weren't all there in the developer release.

Anyone interested the performance of Canary 64-bit Chrome compared to Chrome 35 — then the latest stable 32-bit Chrome on Windows — can check out ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols' face-offhere . Basically, the 64-bit version was slower than 32-bit Chrome. However, that result should change with the stable release, which is due by around September.

Google's 64-bit Chrome follows Microsoft's launch of a 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 9 back in 2011, which was bundled with the 32-bit browser and really was forward-looking software to cater to 64-bit browser applications and add-ons that may be built in the future. One example was the 64-bit version of Flash

There's no word yet from Google whether it has a 64-bit Chrome in the works for Linux or Macs.

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Topics: Browser, Google, Windows

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Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, s... Full Bio

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