Google releases faster Chrome 3

Google has released Chrome 3 just over a year after the firm first unveiled its contender to challenge Microsoft's dominance of the browser market.

Google has released Chrome 3 just over a year after the firm first unveiled its contender to challenge Microsoft's dominance of the browser market.

"This release comes hot on the heels of 51 developer, 21 beta and 15 stable updates and 3,505 bug fixes in the past year," said Anthony Laforge, Google Chrome program manager in his blog.

In addition to security updates, Google claims Chrome 3 is faster than its predecessors in rendering JavaScript-intensive pages.

"We have improved by more than 150% in Javascript performance since our very first beta, and by more than 25% since the most recent stable release," said Laforge.

Chrome 3 also includes some cosmetic changes that include a cleaner tabs page, showing eight frequently visited pages rather than nine.

These can be rearranged by dragging and dropping them into any order and can also be pinned to the tabs page so favourite sites do not disappear if they are not visited for a while.

Users can customise the tab pace by hiding parts of the page or selecting a list view of the most visited sites.

The search and address bar, or Omnibox, has had a makeover, with new icons to help users tell the difference between suggested sites, searches, bookmarks and sites from their browsing history.

Chrome 3 also includes features that make use of the new HTML5 standard.

"We are particularly excited about the

Weaknesses in third-party browser plug-ins are regularly exploited by hackers to carry out attacks on users.

Earlier this month, Mozilla announced the first of a series of updates to its Firefox browser that will target vulnerable browser software from Adobe, Apple, Sun and Microsoft.

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