Chrome 65 released, here’s everything about it

A new version of the most popular web browser, Google Chrome is out. Version 65 has reached the stable branch and is now available for Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. Sporting a minimalist design, Chrome features a very powerful fast web rendering engine "Blink" to make your browsing experience faster, safer, and easier.

The key changes in Google Chrome 65 are as follows.


Desktop version

The browser comes with a number of improvements made to the built-in protection mechanism against unwanted redirection. A new feature, "tab-under blocking" prevents web sites from opening new tabs in the browser, which usually display annoying advertisements or lead you away to a third-party web page. This change is a long awaited feature of Chrome. Finally, it goes live with version 65.

Favicons are now visible in the address bar for suggestions.

Chrome 65 Address Bar Suggestions

The Extensions page now features Material Design elements. It looks like this:

Chrome 65 Material Design Extensions

Along with the Extensions page, popup dialogs can also have the Material Design look. This feature is planned to be enabled by default in Chrome 66, however, it is already available as an option in Chrome 65. To check it out, you have to enable it manually using the flag chrome://flags#secondary-ui-md.

Chrome 65 Material Design Popups

There are other security-related improvements and new APIs as well for web developers.

Chrome for Android

Chrome for Android has got a number of new features for its Download Manager. Now it is easy to locate and share your downloaded files or delete them.

Chrome Download Options

A new flag, chrome://flags/#enable-downloads-location-change allows changing the default download location.

Also, there is a new Language button in the menu, which allows switching the app's language quickly.

Chrome Langauge Options

There is also a new code word to bypass the warning and access potentially unsafe web pages which have been interstitially blocked by the browser. Until today, the secret keyword to access such blocked pages was "badidea". Now the new one is "thisisnotsafe".

Besides these changes, 45 security issues have been fixed in the browser. A number of performance improvements were made to the V8 JavaScript engine, including multi-thread WebAssembly compilation. You might want to read the official release notes HERE (Desktop version).

Download Links

Web installer: Google Chrome Web 32-bit | Google Chrome 64-bit
Offline Installer: Google Chrome Offline Installer 32-bit | Google Chrome Offline Installer 64-bit
MSI/Enterprise installer: Google Chrome MSI Installers for Windows

Note: The offline installer doesn't support the automatic update feature of Chrome. By installing it this way, you will be forced to always update your browser manually.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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