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Changing Web usage is hard. Google has granted a few extra months of leeway to those who rely on a handful of popular plug-ins, such as Silverlight, to extend what their browser can do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new beta of Google's browser also adds support for animated WebP images and an interface that lets Web apps vibrate the phone.
Programmers who used plug-ins to invoke third-party software like password managers get a replacement technology built directly into Chrome 29.
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.
A powerful new Google+ photo app embodies a sticky situation facing Web developers: embrace the Native Client tech for high-performance Web apps and risk sites that only work for Chrome users.