Well, I was planning to write an article about the many new labs features in Google Chrome’s dev and Canary channels. But after I returned home to my personal laptop after more than 2 months, my Chrome Canary browser wouldn’t stop crashing, immediately after starting up. I found that strange, because I didn't have any problems with it on the work laptop, in fact I used it every day – except for the couple of days when an update broke the LastPass login and I had to switch to Firefox.
So I went for the universal solution for crashing software: uninstall it and try a fresh install from the Internet. Except in Control Panel, I noticed something unexpected: the version number listed for Chrome Canary was 8.0.549.0 – in the time it took me to fly back from Munich, Chrome launched a new major version!
Unfortunately, I can’t say a lot about the new features – I didn’t get to see any because of the constant crashes, both on Windows 7 and on XP. One thing that could be new is a nice desktop notification I got before even starting any of the Chrome versions on the laptop, saying something like “A new version of Chrome is available, would you like to try it now?”. I think it’s built in the Google updater that runs in the background. I didn’t take a screenshot, but it could pop up later – I expect a new minor version pretty soon to fix all these crashes on Windows.