Google Releases Chrome 5

May 25, 2010

Google today announced the release of version 5 of its Chrome Web browser.  This version is the first for which stable stage releases have been made for Mac OS X and Linux, as well as for Windows.  (I have been using the Linux beta of Chrome 5 since it was made available roughly a month ago, and have been quite pleased with its speed and overall performance.  I don’t think it is yet quite as stable in use as Firefox, but Google has made impressive improvements since the early versions.)

The new version incorporates a number of HTML 5 compliance features, as well as more capabilities for synchronizing bookmarks and browser preferences across multiple computers.  This version also includes the Adobe Flash plugin by default, although the complete Flash integration that Google has promised is still being tested.  Google also claims that JavaScript execution has been speeded

Users of existing Chrome versions should have the update offered via the built-in update mechanisms.  Otherwise, you can download the new version here.


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