Chrome gets 64-bit Canary and Dev Channels for Windows

Nate Swanner - Jun 3, 2014, 12:06 pm CDT
Chrome gets 64-bit Canary and Dev Channels for Windows

Today, Google is announcing a 64-bit Chrome option for those using Windows. If you’re on Windows 7 or 8, and want to test out Google’s snappy new browser, it’s now available for you. The hot new browser comes in the Developer or Canary form, and is ready for download now.

The new 64-bit browsers only enhance the current tenets Chrome holds so dear, according to Google. Speed, Security, and Stability are all cemented even further when getting 64-bit, according to Google. They claim the faster browser is much more stable, crashing about half as much as its 32-bit counterpart.

When it comes to security, Google says “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”. If that’s all Greek to you, just know that native Chrome-y things like Flash realize security benefits from going 64-bit.

As you might have guessed, the new Chrome is faster, too! Google says “speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance.” Faster, more secure, and twice as stable — sounds like a winner to us. Though not available to all, inclusion on the Dev Channel of Chrome typically means we’re less than a year away from it hitting the Stable channel. Though Google didn’t necessarily commit to Chrome being 64-bit, it’s a safe bet we’ll see it everywhere sooner rather than later.

Source: Google

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