Web surfers will get a faster performance with Chrome beta loading certain types of Web pages some 25 to 35 percent faster than current browser version. New features are as auto-filling of personal information onto online forms, and a way for users to drag tabs of different Web pages around within the browser window.
Ranked 4th in the browser market, Google has a mere 1.2 percent share of the worldwide market in February, according to Net Applications research. Microsoft's Internet Explorer in February took the top slot with 67.4 percent market share. Mozilla's Firefox browser held roughly 22 percent share with and Safari, Apple's browser holds a scant 8 percent share.
Google has officially joined the European Union's antitrust case last month against Microsoft, dubbing the browser market as "largely uncompetitive." The EU has charged Microsoft with abusing a dominant market position and bundling Internet Explorer Web browser with its Windows PC operating system.
The new features, previously available to programmers using the "developer" version of Chrome. Now Google has packaged all the updates together into a more reliable beta test version available for download. Google also has a more polished, so-called stable version of Chrome, based on its older beta version.