Saturday, May 16, 2009

Download Google Chrome 2.0

Download Google Chrome and enjoy the latest WebKit and a whole lot of new features, apart from several bug fixes. However you must subscribe to the Dev or Beta channel of Google Chrome to download this current version of Google Chrome.

By default, everyone is placed on the Stable channel when they first install Google Chrome. Thus what you download from Google Chrome’s homepage here is the stable version. But if you are one of those who would like to enjoy the latest features, then you can download the latest Google Chrome beta version by subscribing to the beta channel. But I wouldn’t recommend getting the Dev version by subscribing to the Dev channel, as it can be very unstable, though it would offer the most latest version.

How to subscribe to Google Chrome Beta channel?

  • Download and install Google Chrome from this link
  • Backup your current User Data\Default directory. This would be useful if you ever want to go back to the more stable channel, as your updated profile data might not be compatible with the older version. On Windows XP, You can find it in \Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and on Windows Vista , you can find it in \Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • Next, download and run the Google Chrome Channel Changer from this link
  • Click the circle next to the Beta channel to get updates from it
  • Click Update to save your choice and Close
  • In Google Chrome, click the wrench menu and Select “About Google Chrome
  • Click “Update Now” to install the current channel’s release
  • Restart Google Chrome

Features of Google Chrome 2.0

  • Improved Webkit with some nifty CSS features
  • Form Autocomplete
  • Full-page zoom
  • Spell-checking improvements
  • Autoscroll
  • Docking dragged tabs
  • Import bookmarks from Google Bookmarks
  • New faster and more reliable SafeBrowsing implementation
  • Updated V8 Javascript engine
  • Google chrome’s own HTTP network protocol. Earlier it used windows Winhttp.dll, which caused a few Google Chrome errors
  • Experimental user script support like Greasemonkey. This can be enabled by adding a –enable-user-scripts flag to your Google Chrome shortcut
  • A new HTTPS-only browsing mode. Add –force-https to your Google Chrome shortcut, and it will only load HTTPS sites. Sites with SSL certificate errors will not load

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