Google Chrome: Still value in a "beta"

Google Chrome: Still value in a "beta"

Summary: Google is putting the beta label back on some versions of its Chrome browser - well, sort of. The company said today that it's re-introducing the beta channel so it can get some feedback from people who are willing to be guinea pigs for new features.

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Google is putting the beta label back on some versions of its Chrome browser - well, sort of. The company said today that it's re-introducing the beta channel so it can get some feedback from people who are willing to be guinea pigs for new features. It originally removed the "beta" label from Chrome in December.

On the plus side, users who love or hate Google's browser now have a chance to not only try the most recent features first but also get to share your thoughts with the team at Google that has the power to either improve or kill those features. On the downside, it is a beta version, so there are bound to be bugs and/or other hiccups.

Also see: Google Chrome: The five best new features

New features would be added as they're ready, instead of waiting for a major update release. Google mentions, in its blog post, some of the enhancements beta users might enjoy:

The best thing about this new beta is speed — it's 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version. Some of the new features you can try out include form autofill, full page zoom and autoscroll (both thanks to a new version of WebKit), and a cool new way to drag tabs out to get a side-by-side view (shown below).

Topics: Browser, Google

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  • Great to see continually increasing JavaScript speed!

    That will really help standards based web applications be more like desktop applications. But, we eventually need another runtime that is faster than JavaScript, and does not require websites to give up source code. I am hoping that a specially sandboxed version of Java bytecodes will be included eventually.
    DonnieBoy
    • or a .NET VM

      Now that Silverlight 1.0 is ported to
      Linux, everything is possible.
      markbn
  • Includes spying and snooping built in! ;)

    Only a fool uses google, they are going to take your data and use it to make money and who knows who will get it then.

    :(

    google = China big brother 2.0
    Christian_<><
  • Odd that Sam doesn't mention

    Chrome's so-called ?developer channel?, which has been running all the time (and still is) and offers even later builds than those available via the ?beta channel?....

    Henri
    mhenriday
  • Why do people hate software?

    Kinda thin headed, don't you think?
    Narg
  • RE: Google Chrome: Still value in a

    It is best browser ever used, I like it.
    pgdukes
  • VPN access improved

    My browsing has been made a lot easier by this beta. I
    work on a lot of SharePoints and other web pages
    inside our company domain. Often when switching
    between different departments I'd get prompted for my
    password again. No more with the beta: I enter it once
    and then I'm done.

    For me the speed was already quick enough.
    Productivity was the thing. The dragging of tabs is
    another thing that will make my life easier.
    giddyma