Google Releases Chrome 7

October 19, 2010

Google today released a new version, 7.0.517.41, of its Chrome Web browser for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows, in the stable and beta channels.  According to Google’s release announcement on the “Chrome Releases” blog, new version includes:

  • Hundreds of bug fixes
  • An updated HTML5 parser
  • File API
  • Directory upload via input tag

It also includes fixes for ten security vulnerabilities, one of which is rated a Critical risk, and five others rated as High risk.  The release announcement has more specifics on the fixes.  Jeff Chang, Google’s product manager for Chrome, also has a post about the new release on the “Official Chrome Blog”.

Because of its security content, I recommend installing the new release as soon as you can.  You can get the new version by using the built-in update mechanism (Menu: About Google Chrome); Linux users can use their normal package update tool (e.g., Synaptic).

Update, Wednesday, 20 October, 20:20 EDT

The Wired site has a brief overview of the new release, summarizing some of the changes, including better HTML 5 support.  The Mac version also apparently includes some new AppleScript support.

If you need install Chrome from scratch, or re-install, you can download an installation package.

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