Dinsdag is de eerste stabiele uitgave van versie 3.0 van Googles webbrowser Chrome vrijgegeven. De browser wordt op dit moment alleen nog voor Windows XP en Vista uitgebracht. In versie 3.0 is er onder andere aan de snelheid van het programma gewerkt. Andere noemenswaardige verbeteringen zijn de nieuwe tab pagina en is er ondersteuning voor nog meer html5-mogelijkheden, zoals bijvoorbeeld de <video> tag. Verder is de omnibox verbeterd en kan het uiterlijk door middel van themes worden aangepast. De volledige release notes voor versie 188.8.131.52 zijn hieronder te vinden:
A wicked serve, volley, and return: Fast, fast and fast
This new release of Google Chrome is faster than ever, as we continue to provide a modern browser that starts up quickly from your desktop, and is fast to load web pages and web applications.
Your playbook for the web: The New Tab page
We've redesigned the New Tab page so that it's easy to use and easily customizable, following some rigorous testing on the most recent beta channel release. Now you can rearrange thumbnails of your most-visited websites by simply clicking and dragging your mouse. Additionally, you can pin thumbnails to a spot so they don't disappear even if your browsing habits change. This way, you can easily get to the websites you care about with just one click.
You can do even more to customize your New Tab page — for example, you can hide parts of the page you don't want to see, or even opt for a simple list view of all your most visited websites. In addition, we've added handy tips to the bottom of the New Tab page to help you get the most out of Google Chrome.
As we bid adieu to the old, New Tab page, let us know what you think about the redesigned New Tab page — we'd love to hear your feedback.
With just a few deft strokes: The Omnibox
We've also improved one of the most used and loved features of Google Chrome, the Omnibox. Because it's a search bar as well as the web address bar, the multi-talented Omnibox helps you get to the sites you're looking for with just a few keystrokes. With this release, we've optimized the presentation of the drop-down menu and added little icons to help you distinguish between suggested sites, searches, bookmarks, and sites from your browsing history.
Bringing the cutting edge to the field: HTML5 capabilities
We're very excited about HTML5 becoming standard in modern browsers, and continued to add HTML5 capabilities to this stable release. We're particularly excited about the <video> tag in HTML5, which makes embedding videos in a page as simple as embedding regular images. The <video> tag also allows video playback without a plug-in.
You can give the <video> tag a whirl in Google Chrome and also check out our 50th Chrome Experiment, which uses HTML5 <audio> and <canvas> tags. It's great to see the great innovations that come from the use of open standards, and we'll continue to bring the latest and greatest in web technologies quickly to users through Google Chrome.
And finally, a photo finish with style: Deck your browser with Themes
After testing out Themes for Google Chrome in the beta channel, we're finally releasing it in this stable release. Themes allow you to deck out your browser with colors, patterns and images. We'll be bringing more Themes for the browser soon, but in the meantime, you can change the theme of your browser by visiting the Themes Gallery.
Google Chrome 3.0 screenshot, klik op de afbeelding voor een grotere versie.