by Julie Lyons
Last week, Google updated their Chrome browser to version 37.0.2062.94 on Windows, OS X, and Linux. This is a highly anticipated release for users on Windows specifically, as it marks the move from Microsoft’s Graphics Device Interface rendering method to Microsoft’s DirectWrite text rendering API.
The new version, Chrome 37, takes advantage of the transition over the last decade to PCs with 64-bit processors, which can handle vastly larger amounts of memory and that offer more data-storage slots that can improve performance. Because of plug-in compatibility problems, though, only those who specifically download the 64-bit Chrome version will receive it. 64-bit Chrome for Macs remains a work in progress.
The new Chrome is 15% faster at decoding HD videos on YouTube as a result, said Chrome team programmer Will Harris in a blog post. It also is less prone to crashes in the renderer – the core part of the browser that interprets Web site programming instructions and paints the appropriate pixels on a screen. In addition, the defense in depth security mitigations such as Partition Alloc are able to far more effectively defend against vulnerabilities that rely on controlling the memory layout of objects.
You can take advantage of the improvements by clicking on the new “Windows 64-bit” link on the Chrome download page.
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