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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.
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.
Programmers who used plug-ins to invoke third-party software like password managers get a replacement technology built directly into Chrome 29.
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.
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.
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.
Even as the company redirects efforts to HTML5 and narrows Flash's scope, Adobe is also promising investments in Flash for 5 to 10 years.
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.