Google announced today the additional support to Chrome, with two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users in order to give users a faster and more secure browsing experience.
You can download the 64-bit installer from the Canary or Dev download pages.
You don?t have to worry because the new version would not replace anything in your existing version as it will preserve all your settings and bookmarks. Thus, you don?t need to uninstall a current installation of Chrome.
?The majority of our users on Windows 7 or higher now have systems capable of running 64-bit applications, and this version of Chrome can take full advantage of these newer capabilities. This includes several improvements that align perfectly with Chrome?s core principles of speed, security and stability,? Will Harris, Software Engineer and Stretcher of Pointers wrote in the official blog post from Google.
SPEED, SECURITY, STABILITY
So, here?s what the additional 64-bit support to Chrome can do for you.
? SPEED: 64-bit support, you can take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. With this, the speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance.
? SECURITY: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits would better defend you against exploitation techniques like JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of your existing security defense features like heap partitioning.
? STABILITY: With the 64-bit support, Google said that they?ve observed a marked increase in stability for 64-bit Chrome over 32-bit Chrome. Crash rates for the renderer process (i.e. web content process) are almost half that of 32-bit Chrome.
?We encourage all our users, especially developers, to give the new 64-bit Chrome a spin, and we?re looking forward to hearing your feedback so we can make 64-bit Chrome work great and bring its benefits to our Beta and Stable channel users,? Harris finally wrote.
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