November 24, 2014

64-bit version Chrome out now on OSX

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The latest version of Chrome beta (version 38) brought some great features to the browser. Two of the most important were multi-user support, and the 64-bit version of the world’s most popular browser. Many changes will be brought to the browser now that it is switching to a 64-bit version, according to Google Engineer Will Harris:

“64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers,” Harris writes. “As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance.”

Multi-user and guest support is a great feature to if you share your computer with other people. Each person can have their own profile, change settings, install apps, and browse separately. By selecting guest mode, a friend can use your browser and won’t be able to access any of your information while browsing, and when they are done, all of their browsing data is cleared from your computer.

These features are in the beta channel now, it usually takes about a month for the features to move into the stable channel. Download it today at: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/beta.html