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NewsPoster Jun 3, 2014 03:01 PM
Google releases initial versions of 64-bit Chrome for Windows
Google has started to publicly test a 64-bit version of <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Chrome</a>, the company has announced, in an attempt to improve the speed and security of the browser. Two versions of the 64-bit Chrome for Windows, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Dev</a> and <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Canary</a>, are available to download by default on Windows 7 and Windows 8, though it will still offer the 32-bit version in both channels as an alternative option. <br />
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"The majority of our users on Windows 7 or higher now have systems capable of running 64-bit applications, and this version of Chrome can take advantage of these newer capabilities," <a href="" rel='nofollow'>writes</a> software engineer Will Harris on the <em>Chromium Blog</em>. <br />
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The move to 64-bit will allow the browser to use a "more modern instruction set," recent compiler and processor optimizations, and a new calling convention allowing for function parameters to be passed by registers quickly, in theory giving an average speed boost of 25 percent. By using <a href="" rel='nofollow'>High Entropy ASLR</a> on Windows 8 and other functions, security is hoped to be improved in Chrome, while earlier testing of the browser reported a "marked increase" in stability compared to the 32-bit version. <br />
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<em>The Next Web</em> <a href="" rel='nofollow'>expects</a> that, based on a six-week development cycle used on Chrome, a 64-bit beta release is unlikely to arrive before August, with the stable version of the browser likely to ship some time afterward. <br />
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A 64-bit version of the Chrome browser has been available for Linux for some time now, and though there is not currently a version for OS X, it does appear that <a href="" rel='nofollow'>some development</a> has taken place on the project.
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