Google Chrome 10 focuses on speed and security

After a three-week beta period, Google's latest browser has been officially released

In keeping with its promise to update the Chrome browser every six weeks, Google rolled out Chrome 10 today. The new browser offers big boosts in speed and a host of new security features.

Speed is a main focal point in the ongoing browser wars, so naturally, Chrome 10 needs to ratchet up its quickness quotient -- and it does. Thanks to the Crankshaft JavaScript engine, Chrome 10 boosts JavaScript performance 66 percent, according to the V8 benchmark suite.

On the security front, Google has extended Chrome's sandbox to include the integrated Flash Player. The new browser also features malware reporting and will automatically disable out-of-date versions of plug-ins in order to thwart potential exploits.

Additionally, Chrome sports usability upgrades, including a new Browser Settings interface that is a tab in the browser instead of being a separate box. Alternately, settings can be found via a new search box that shows users the settings they're looking for as they type (typing "import" into the search bar will bring up the Import Bookmarks button, for example). Chrome Sync, for synchronizing passwords among different computers, is now turned on by default, and the browser sports GPU-accelerated video to cut down on CPU usage.

Chrome 10 is already available for download, and auto-updates of old Chrome browsers will begin soon, according to Google.

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