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Plug-ins like Silverlight and Google Earth will be harder to find in the Chrome Web Store as Google works to build a safer, faster Web browser.
Google released its 64-bit Chrome Windows first, but it's moving Mac users to the new version faster. The promise: a memory, security, and performance boost.
Programmers who used plug-ins to invoke third-party software like password managers get a replacement technology built directly into Chrome 29.
New test versions of Google's browser catch up to a processor upgrade that began a decade ago. Google promises better speed, security, and stability.
Reliant on plug-ins like Silverlight, Unity, and Java? Make plans to move on or change browsers, because most plug-ins will be banned from Chrome in the next year.
Moving toward Web standards reduces the inconvenience and security problems of browser plugins. But the new Hangouts software still uses Google's own Native Client plugin.
The newest Chrome for Windows is faster at some tasks, better at thwarting attacks, and renders fonts better. The 64-bit Chrome for Mac still is a work in progress, though.
The new beta of Google's browser also adds support for animated WebP images and an interface that lets Web apps vibrate the phone.
With some fine-tuning in the way it sandboxes Flash, Google says that Chrome crashes have dropped significantly.
The technology to let browser programs run as fast as native software has plenty of challenges. Maybe Google's promotional effort next week will give it a needed boost.