Update to Google Chrome 2.0 Pre beta

Today I got the latest version of Google Chrome. Though I was not using it much I thought of giving a try with the newer version. After the Google Chrome 0.2, today they released the latest Google chrome 2.0 Pre Beta. Though it is not available for public there is a way to get it from the beta channel. After updating my current version to Google chrome 2.0 Pre Beta I noticed some interesting features.


Features of Google Chrome 2.0 Pre beta

Form Auto-Complete: The first thing I observed is the form autocomplete. I was expecting this feature in the initial release and now they did it. This is just like the normal form fill that we get with Firefox and IE and it is not the same as the form fill feature that we get with Google Toolbar.

New version of WebKit: For those of you who do not know about the Webkit it is the open source code used by Google Chrome to render web pages. The latest version enables some features like CSS gradients, CSS canvas drawing, partial implementations of CSS reflections and CSS masks.

full-page zoom: Earlier with Ctrl++ you were able to just zoom the text but now you can zoom the entire page which can even include images. You can use Ctrl- to zoom out, Ctrl+ to zoom in and Ctrl0 to go back to the normal view.

Spell-checking improvements: Now you can easily enable or disable spell checking in a text field by right clicking in it. You can even add a new language for spell-checking.

Autoscroll: The latest version of Chrome allows you to Auto-Scroll by middle-clicking on a page.

You can easily Import bookmarks from Google Bookmarks. The latest version had got a Google Toolbar option to import Google Bookmarks.

Using different browser profiles: Without closing a browser window you can now open a new window with different profile. This will be very helpful for people who uses different profiles while doing different jobs.

The other updates include Docking dragged tabs, New SafeBrowsing implementation, V8 Javascript engine update, New implementation of the HTTP network protocol, New window frames on Vista and XP, Support for user scripts(like Greasemonkey) and HTTPS-only browsing mode.

How can I get the latest version of Google Chrome?

  • You need to already have Google Chrome installed on your machine.(Download Google Chrome if you don’t have it already ;))
  • Now we need to subscribe to the Beta channel(Monthly Updates) or the Developer preview channel(Weekly Updates). You can use the Google Chrome Channel Changer for that. Now go to About Google Chrome and just click update now to install the current channel’s release.

If you are facing any problems or have any feedback then let us know.

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  1. Really surprised with Chrome development speed. Once Chrome 2.0 stable version is released, i’m sure its going to take away a good amount browser market share.

  2. So it should be in final release in a couple of months from now. I am already addicted to Chrome 😉

  3. @Ajith Edassery

    Though Chrome looks good I was more addicted to Firefox… I use Chrome inconginto mode when im in Netcafes.. 🙂

  4. Well if it is the beta channel doesn’t that make it beta? Pre-beta just means alpha which would be the dev channel/nightly builds. I keep seeing the word pre-beta used often. I guess because people aren’t familiar with the term alpha when it comes to software versioning. Oh well…

    More importantly I have tried running the channel many times and I am still stuck at production. Maybe it is a Windows 7 thing and their update service since I am using it on every machine I have, including my workstation. I used to run Chromium nightly builds all the time but they became too unstable recently. If anyone has had the same let me know @ tensailabs at tensailabs dot com. Here is fine too, I’ll check back.

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