Chrome Beta Now 26% Faster Over the Last Year, Adds Slew of Dev Features; Chrome for Windows Adds App Launcher

Chrome Beta release now is more faster than any other release, according to Google they saw an improvement of more than 26% over the last year."Speed isn't just about JavaScript performance, so in other areas of Chrome, we strive to minimize wait times. For example, we recently made some server-side changes to Google Cloud Print […]

Chrome Beta release now is more faster than any other release, according to Google they saw an improvement of more than 26% over the last year.

"Speed isn't just about JavaScript performance, so in other areas of Chrome, we strive to minimize wait times. For example, we recently made some server-side changes to Google Cloud Print so that Chrome's printer selection dialog loads twice as fast. We've also been working on reducing the browser's startup time, and setting up automated tests to catch any code changes that would slow Chrome down," explains Google.

In addition, this release also includes a slew of new developer features:

Datalist support in date and time. allows you to specify a list of suggested dates and times for input elements. Of course, users still have the freedom to enter arbitrary dates and times.

MathML lets you write mathematical content in MathML and expect it to be consistently beautiful across the web.

CSS custom filters have landed behind a flag and they enable sweet cinematic effects like page flipping with just CSS and HTML. You can turn them on with chrome://flags.

Chromium now parses the autocomplete attribute according to spec. Use it to specify which type of saved user data the browser should use to prefill input elements.

new features landed with a prefix: -webkit-hyphens gives you more control over hyphenation at line breaks, and -webkit-clip-path enables you to clip DOM content to an SVG shape.

Un-prefixed APIs include: IndexedDB, a client-side storage API; Intl; postMessage.

Also, the "Blob constructor should now be used instead of the WebKitBlobBuilder API, and the Blob.webkitSlice() method is deprecated in favor of Blob.slice()," Google added.

Chrome Beta now 26% faster than earlier releases November 9, 2012

Finally, Chrome for Windows now has app launcher. For now, it's only available in Chromium, but it will soon make its way to Chrome's dev channel.

To enable it, open a new tab, enter this address: chrome://flags, press Enter, scroll to the bottom of the page, click "Enable" next to "Show Chromium Apps Launcher" and restart the browser. You should see a new icon in the taskbar for a launcher that includes the apps you've installed from the Chrome Web Store and a search box that works just like Chrome's Omnibox.

App launcher help open an app, even if the Chrome's windows have been closed and it can also be used for simple calculations and unit conversions.

Chrome for Windows app launcher