Google Chrome Hits 2.0 With Focus on Speed

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From the “Dev channel version goes prime time” files:

Google Chrome stable is now at version 2.0. Forgive me if I don’t sound too excited, I’ve been running Chrome 2.0 dev-channel (Google has three version of Chrome dev, beta and stable) for months without issue on a test box. But for those that aren’t running the dev-channel, Chrome 2.0 is a big step forward. It’s faster, has fewer bugs and, oh yeah, has more features too.

The biggest new feature highlighted by Google is support for full-screen mode, something dev-channel Chrome users have enjoyed since Chrome dev, which came out in February.

“We’ve made a lot of changes to stuff you never see, such as a newer version of WebKit for rendering web pages, a new network stack, and improvements to speed up the V8 JavaScript engine,” Mark Larson, Google Chrome’s program manager, said in a blog post.

The V8 engine is a critical component of Chrome and make JavaScript run faster, a whole lot faster in Chrome 2. Google has invested a lot of effort into making JavaScript execution a key feature and differentiator for their browser ever since the first Chrome release last September…

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