While Microsoft Trumpets IE9 Beta, Chrome 7 Quietly Continues To Impress

Microsoft has the time, the talent, and the time in grade to do something wonderful with a web browser, and yet, other than a few HTML5 widgets, all we see is middle of the road performance (read that mediocre).

Google, a much younger company, keeps turning out changes to its superior browser, at a blistering pace, all the while avoiding having the browser being owned by those who would attack from any position.


Kicking off the Friday fun, Google made available through the Dev channel a new build of its WebKit-based browser known as Chrome. Coming for all three major desktop platform (Windows, Mac, Linux), Chrome 7.0.536.2 has WebGL support enabled by default and includes a few more fixes.

The changelog of this latest Chrome release features the following:


– Fixed saving passwords containing non-ASCII characters.

– Accelerated compositing and support for 3D CSS transforms enabled by default

– Regression fix: keep the download shelf visible when multiple sites are saved.

– Add a lab for the Page Info Bubble for Windows and Linux; Mac coming shortly.


– Fixed a problem with context menus where the presence of extension-added items prevented keyboard accelerators from working.


– More keyboard shortcuts for Tab Overview.

– Add sqlite and javascript memory columns to task manager


– Add javascript memory column to task manager

– Make compile-time dependency on gnome-keyring optional

– Resolved problems accessing FTP sites

To download Chrome 7.0.536.2 see this page .

From another site, instant fundas, we see that more of the problems that plague many users are being dealt with with this revision –

In the latest build of Chromium, the open-source projects behind the Google Chrome browser, that was pushed out today, two more security features were spotted. These are – an inbuilt XSS protection and a feature to disable outdated plugins automatically.


The XSS Auditor feature aims to protect the user from certain XSS attacks on malicious web sites. It improves the user’s security, but it might not be compatible with all web sites.

Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of computer security vulnerability typically found in web applications that enables malicious attackers to inject client-side script into web pages viewed by other users. An exploited cross-site scripting vulnerability can be used by attackers to bypass access controls such as the same origin policy. Cross-site scripting vulnerability is one of the most common type of attacks on sites that are based on user generated or submitted contents, like message boards and social networking sites. The recent attacks on Orkut by the ‘Bom Sabado’ worm and that on Twitter were XSS exploits.

The other security feature allows the browser to automatically disables plug-ins with known security vulnerabilities and offer update links for them.

Outdated plugins create another loophole for hackers to gain control of your system. Chrome already provides warning for outdated plugins, and is able to update flash versions without even bothering the user. Any other out of date plugins will be disabled.

Both the new features are available under the Labs section and is accessible by typing about:labs in the address bar

With all the changes Google is making daily, how far behind will IE9 be when it gets released? Will it be anywhere but at the back of the pack again?

Is Mr. Ballmer heading for another year with a small (for him) bonus? This kind of half-hearted effort is what leads to those things.


Still rings true, though it’s been around awhile… The best control for Internet Exploder.