Dueling Browsers: Chrome, Firefox Launch Upgraded Versions
CREDIT: Google; Mozilla
The latest version of the popular Chrome web browser from Google is now available, and the official release of the newest Firefox browser from Mozilla, which is still in beta testing, is only days away. Here is a quick rundown of some of the new features and functionality offered by the rival browsers.
Chrome 10, officially released March 8, is faster, safer and more customizable than previous iterations, according to Google .
In the speed department, Google said, the new browser is 66 percent faster, based on an often-used performance benchmark.
As for safety, Google has expanded the "sandboxing" feature that isolates each open tab from neighboring tabs and other software running on a computer. That way, should a user stumble upon a website infected with malware , the malicious code will not be able to "leave the sandbox" and embed itself in the machine. Check out the video below for more information.
In addition, a new settings interface has been introduced to help users tweak Chrome to their liking. A search box has been added to the settings menu, which now opens as a tab rather than as a separate dialog box.
Settings pages now get their own link, so a person can more easily show someone else where, for instance, to change a password (by sending the link, rather than by tediously explaining verbally, "Look under here, then click there," and so on).
Those eager to see the newest Firefox in action can download a beta testing of version 4.0. Mozilla is soliciting feedback from early adopters so the final released version should be smarter yet, and more polished.
In its present beta configuration, the update offers a brand new, less cluttered look: Tabs appear at the top of the browser now, and the various menu items are all found under a single orange Firefox button to the upper left.
Tabs can also be organized into groups – a feature dubbed Panorama – and synchronizing tabs, browsing histories, bookmarks and passwords across multiple devices has been made easier via a sync account generator.
Speed-wise, using the same benchmark as Google's Chrome above, the new Firefox has attained speeds five times faster than the current 3.6.12 version of Firefox.