Google is celebrating the third birthday since the launch of the open source web browser, Chrome. In a newsletter, they noted that they have made great strides in speed, simplicity and security even as they bring the power of the web into all kinds of apps. There is a small jab to Microsoft in this statement from Google: The Chromebook is pure Chrome—a computer built for everything you ever need to do on the web while doing away with all the usual annoyances of an old, slow PC.
To pay homage to the goodness of the web, we’ve put together an interactive infographic, built in HTML5, which details the evolution of major web technologies and browsers:
Here’s a quick fly-by through the some of the highlights of the past 12 months on the Chrome platform:
Faster and faster
- Chrome’s new settings interface helps you find the right settings quickly with an integrated search box. It also provides direct links to each settings page, which can be copied and pasted for easy troubleshooting.
- The omnibox is improved to better suggest partial matches for webpage titles and URLs.
- You can optionally enable Chrome Instant, which shows relevant content in the browser window as you type, before you press Enter.
- Chrome’s built-in prerendering technology enables sites to build even faster experiences for their users—such as Instant Pages in Google search, which in some cases makes search results appear to load almost instantly.
Simpler and more accessible
- Chrome supports many popular screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver to help visually impaired people better experience the web.
- Print Preview, a popular feature request, uses Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer to display the preview, and enables you to save any webpage as a convenient PDF file using the “Print to PDF” option.
- Chrome’s icon takes on a simpler look to embody the Chrome spirit, since Chrome is all about making your web experience quicker, lighter and easier for all.
An even more secure platform
- Our integrated and sandboxed PDF viewer enables you to view PDF files on the web without installing additional software. Furthermore, we built an additional layer of security around the PDF viewer called a “sandbox” to help protect you from security attacks that are targeted at PDF files.
- Adobe Flash Player is sandboxed on Windows, further protecting you from security attacks and malware targeted at Flash content on the web.
- Chrome warns you before downloading some types of malicious files with enhanced Safe Browsing technology. In order to helpprotect privacy, malicious content is detected without Chrome or Google ever having to know about the URLs that you visit or the files you download.
- To provide greater transparency and control over the data that websites store on your computers, Chrome lets you delete Local Shared Objects created by Adobe Flash Player using the browser’s built-in setting dialogs.
We wish Chrome more happy years ahead.