Google on Tuesday launched Google Chrome 64 bit for Windows, OS X, and Linux  — at least, and only for those who specifically download it.

The new version, Chrome 37, takes advantage of the transition over the last decade to PCs with 64-bit processors, which can handle vastly larger amounts of memory and that offer more data-storage slots called registers that can improve performance. Because of plug-in compatibility problems, though, only those who specifically download the 64-bit Chrome version will get it. And Google Chrome 64 bit for Macs remains a work in progress.

The new Google Chrome 64 bit is 15 percent faster at decoding HD videos on YouTube as a result, said Chrome team programmer Will Harris in a blog post.

It also is less prone to crashes in the renderer — the core part of the browser that interprets Web site programming instructions and paints the appropriate pixels on a screen. And the software can thwart some types of hack attacks.

 

Chrome 37

 

Faster browsers are important — people watch more videos, buy more products, and spend more time on Web sites — so performance is a top Chrome priority along with security and ease of use. The recipe has worked so far: Chrome has seen steadily increasing usage since its launch nearly six years ago.

The new version, though, drops support for 32-bit plug-ins — software like Microsoft’s Silverlight or Adobe Systems’ Flash Player that extend a browser’s abilities. Chrome has its own version of Adobe’s Flash Player built in, which means the most-used plug-in isn’t a problem, but others won’t work. And the plug-in problem is mitigated by the fact that Chrome is scrapping support for most of them anyway by ditching the older NPAPI interface in favor its the company’s own newerPPAPI.

Chrome 37 also brings a substantial change to text display, adopting Windows’DirectWrite technology that permits higher image quality and hardware-accelerated rendering.

Google says it plans to support the 32-bit channel “for the foreseeable future.” The company didn’t say, however, when the 64-bit channel will no longer be opt-in, or when it would become the default option for 64-bit Windows users.

You can download Google Chrome 64 bit for WIndows, OS X and Linux HERE

 Source : CNET 

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