Google Releases Chrome 27

Google today announced the release of a new version, 27.0.1453.93, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame.   The new version incorporates some capability iimprovements:

  • Web pages should, on average, load a bit faster (about 5%)
  • The chrome.SyncFilesystem API for access to Google Drive is available
  • Better spell checking and input prediction

The new release incorporates the latest version of the bundled Flash Player, as well as fixes for 14 identified security vulnrabilitues, 10 of which Google rates as High severity.  Further information is available in the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.

Update Wednesday, 22 May, 17:35 EDT

Ars Technica has an interesting short article on the changes in Chrome 27.  The increase in page loading speed was accomplished by switching from a per-tab scheduler to a global scheduler, which allows some additional optimizations of network utilization.

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