Google on Tuesday announced the 64-bit version of Chrome browser for Windows 7 and 8 users through its Chromium blog.
The browser is available in both Canary build and Developer build for users to download. The Canary build for early adopters is considered as the “bleeding edge” version while the Developer version is solely for developers who want to develop apps for the new browser with 64-bit support.
Google’s 3S principle behind the Chrome browser: “Speed, Security and Stability,” have been taken care of well in this version as it always has been.
The 64-bit support has resulted in an average of 25 percent increase in the speed and overall performance of the browser while it can utilize all the capabilities the Windows PC environment has to offer. It is said that graphics and multi-media content speeds have improved significantly. However, the browser seemed to be lagging a bit during conventional tests such as Sunspider, Octane, etc. Therefore, the full potential of the browser can be witnessed only on the version released for the public.
It offers more security in a Windows 8 environment by offering High Entropy ASLR which safeguards browser data and keeps defense tools like heap partitioning more active. On the stability front, it proved to be more stable than the 32-bit version with reduced crash rates and processing web content steadily.
The beta version of the browser can be directly downloaded over the current browser without having to lose browser data such as bookmarks, history, etc. All claims by Google about the 64-bit might not be seen in the beta version and users have to wait for it until the final version is launched for the public.