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The Chrome web browser is two years old

Google releases Chrome 6 with 14 patches
Fri Sep 03 2010, 09:48

SEARCH ENGINE OUTFIT Google has released the sixth version of its Chrome browser to coincide with its second birthday.

Chrome version 6.0.472.53 was released two years to the day after the company pushed out the first version of Chrome and includes patches for 14 security vulnerabilities, including six to fix high-priority flaws.

Apparently Google wrote out cheques for $4,337 in bug bounties to researchers who reported some of the vulnerabilities.

According to Google's Chrome blog, Chrome 6 is faster and more streamlined. It is now three times faster than it was two years ago in Javascript performance.

Google said that it has been simplifying the "chrome" of Chrome by stripping down the already minimalist user interface to make it easier to use. It has merged Chrome's two menus into one, moved some of the buttons, cleaned up the URL treatment and adjusted the colour scheme of the browser to be easier on the eyes.

Patting itself on the back, Google said it is amazing to see how far the browser has come over two years. In August 2008, Javascript was 10 times slower, HTML5 support wasn't yet an essential feature in modern browsers, and the idea of a sandboxed, multi-process browser was only a research project.

However Google admitted that all browsers have come a long way in the last two years and said that the world wide web has become much more fun and useful. µ






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