Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Google launches Chrome 10 to battle rivals

Battery of tweaks takes on Firefox 4 and IE 9

Article comments

Google has pre-empted the forthcoming Firefox 4 and IE 9 with a new version of Chrome offering users a battery of tweaks including faster apps, interface improvements and better security.

The company’s blog on Chrome 10 placed the emphasis on the running theme of the Google browser, namely adding features at the same time as improving speed. Using the company’s v8 benchmark as a comparison, Google reckons the new version ups that by 66 percent for Javascript alone.

Building on that, the interface has been adjusted to launch the settings menu as a separate tab, complete with a search field to find the desired setting without having to rummage around in menus.

The new Chrome also extends the synchronisation that has become its forte, this time allowing users to save passwords on one PC and have that automatically reflected in Chrome running on other PCs. These can be encrypted using a dedicated passphrase.

Best of all form a security standpoint, Chrome 10 now extends the sandboxing technology for Vista and Windows 7 to a major attack target on any browser, the integrated Flash player.

Many of the features in 10 have been up and running in early versions for some time but this is the first time all users are being offered them as integrated features. They also track similar features that will appear in Firefox 4 later this month, and IE 9, both of which appear to have been influenced by Chrome web app integration, speed fascination and tabbing.

Depending on which estimate is used, Chrome has around 8-10 percent of the browser market to Firefox's 18 percent with Microsoft IE 8 on 35 percent. The rest of the market is shared out between smaller browsers and legacy browsers, including Microsoft's own IE6 which the company has recently been encouraging users to abandon for good. The opportunity in this 'have not bothered to upgrade the browser' segment could be crucial.




Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *