Browsers: Chrome speeds up

Friday 3rd March 2017

Google’s  new version of its Chrome Web browser is its bid to get a foothold in a market dominated by Microsoft Corp.The new Chrome represents the first major update of software aimed at the general public since Google entered the browser business six months ago.

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.

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