New Chrome beta sharpens text on Windows
The newly released Chrome 37 Beta addresses a user request almost as old as Chrome itself, and is a step forward for Web security.
It's taken four and a half years but the engineering gurus toiling away on Google Chrome have finally improved how the browser renders text on Windows.
The biggest change in Chrome 37 Beta, announced on Thursday, is support for DirectWrite, a Windows application programming interface (API) that makes text look crisp with sharp edges even on high-resolution screens. Chrome previously rendered text with the Graphics Device Interface, which dates back to the mid-1980s. The bug to get Chrome to support DirectWrite was filed in October 2009, when Chrome was barely a year old.
Chrome engineer Emil Eklund said in a blog post announcing the new beta that it took this long to make the change because it "required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine."
Other changes in Chrome 37 Beta, which is due to graduate to the most-heavily used Stable channel in around six weeks, apply to Chrome for all desktops as well as Chrome OS and Chrome for Android.
The full change log for Chrome 37 Beta is available here.