Google’s Chrome 9 points to cloud environment


Google’s Chrome 9 points to cloud environment

Warwick Ashford

Google's latest stable version of the Chrome browser introduces features such as Chrome Instant, WebGL and a Chrome Web Store.

Access to the Chrome Web Store through Chrome 9 is currently limited to users in the US.

"We're working hard to expand availability to users around the world soon, so stay tuned," wrote Chrome software engineers Erik Kay and Aaron Boodman in a blog post.

Google is expected to push the Chrome Web Store as the next big step to using the Chrome operating system and existing entirely in the cloud, said some US reports.

WebGL, which has been available in beta version for a few months, allows for the creation of hardware-accelerated graphics in the browser using HTML5's canvas element.

"With WebGL in Chrome, you can experience rich 3D experiences right inside the browser with no need for additional software," wrote Erik Kay and Aaron Boodman.

Chrome Instant, like Google Instant, is aimed at enabling faster searching and browsing. It is turned on by simply clicking the wrench icon, selecting "Options", then the "Basics" tab and checking the box next to "Enable Instant".

Once enabled, frequently-visited web pages will begin loading as soon as users start typing the URL.

Current Google Chrome users can expect automatic updates to get Google Chrome 9 or the latest version can be downloaded by clicking here.

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