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Chrome 64-bit leaves beta, declared stable with speed and security boosts

Will be opt-in to begin with
Wed Aug 27 2014, 15:45
Chrome 64-bit leaves beta

GOOGLE'S 64-BIT EDITION of the Chrome web browser for Windows has been declared stable with the release of Chrome 37.

Until now, the company had been experimenting with a 64-bit edition, which since June has claimed to offer significant stability and performance advantages over its 32-bit version as it has progressed through Dev, Canary, and Beta testing versions.

"64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security," said a Chrome software engineer. "Our measurements have shown that the native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of our graphics and media benchmarks."

These improvements include a 15 percent improvement in efficiency for the VP9 codec used for Youtube HD.

The beta version of the Chrome web browser is also said to reduce crash rates by over half, and Google+ evangelists have embraced the promise of improved speed.

"Definitely feels faster," wrote one. We can concur with that assessment so far.

The 64-bit browser is also designed to be more secure, Google said, offering better protection against memory layout vulnerabilities.

The only missing element from the 64-bit edition is Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) support, a hangover from the days of Netscape that is being gradually phased out and will be removed from Chrome Apps and Extensions next month when any stragglers will be unpublished from the Chrome Store.

Until such time, the 64-bit version of Chrome is strictly an opt-in affair, but it will eventually become the default option for Windows machines that support it. µ


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