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Google launched Version 3 of its Chrome Web browser, which keeps the pressure on competing tools by boosting JavaScript performance by 25% vs. the latest stable release. <p>Improvements to tabs and video/audio handling round out the major new features in the release of Google Chrome, which can be downloaded here. The update comes about a year after Google Chrome made its debut. <p>"This release comes hot on the heels of 51 developer, 21 beta and 15 stable updates and 3,505 bugfixes in the past year," Google writes on its blog. <p>Google Chrome has only grabbed a 3.5% share of the global market, but that does put it ahead of longer-standing Opera and Apple Safari already, according to StatCounter. Microsoft IE leads the pack with 58% and Mozilla Firefox has better than 31%. <p>Of course the Google Chrome browser also set the stage for the Google making big news about its Chrome OS earlier this summer. <p>The new Google Chrome features include more customizable tab pages (you can nix parts of the page and re-arrange thumbnails of pages). <p>Google has simplified use of its Omnibox, the all-in-one search bar and web address bar, via icons that help distinguish pages and sites from one another. <p>Also, support for HTML5 video tags makes running embedded videos smoother, avoiding the need to use a plug-in. <p>It's been another busy week at Google, which also introduced a beta version of a new online news browsing program dubbed Fast Flip. Google also announced today that it will provide cloud computing services for U.S. government agencies. <p>Copyright 2009 IDG Middle East. All rights reserved.

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Date:Sep 17, 2009
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