Google has announced that a 64-bit version of its Chrome browser for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is being launched on Tuesday. The 64-bit release is only for the Developer and Canary channels for Windows, which means a mainstream release is still a few months away.
In a statement on the Chromium blog, Software Engineer and Stretcher of Pointers Will Harris talked about what the new 64-bit browser means for Google, developers and its users.
“64-bit allows us to 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,” Harris said. “As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance.”
Users can try out the 64-bit browser by using the above Canary and Developer links. The install will replace current install files while keeping all of your settings and bookmarks.
Harris also added that the 64-bit browser is much more stable than it’s 32-bit counterpart, stating that the crash rates for the 64-bit are “almost half that of 32-bit Chrome”. In terms of security, Harris said that the 64-bit allows better protection for users.
“Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense features like heap partitioning,” he said.
He closed by stating the he feels all users should test drive the new version of Chome, and send the company feedback so Google can improve it, and make it better before mainstream Beta and Stable users.