Other changes bring only minor tweaks to the interface, many of them available just as experiments for the time being:
- Continuing the trend to increased security, PDF files downloaded with Chrome will open by default in the internal viewer. There is still the option to open in the system-default application, but that requires an extra click in the menu. Personally I dislike this trend to remove choice from users in the name of security, it feels actually like a push to use more Google products and services. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see a future version forcing office files to open in a Google Docs viewer, as it already happened in Gmail;
- After Mac OS a couple of versions back, the Windows version will have better protection for passwords. When an user tries to reveal the passwords saved by the browser, he or she will have to re-authenticate with their Windows Account password. Also, from now on Chrome will ignore Turned Off Form Autocompletion for user names and passwords;
- Searching bookmarks will now find folder names as well, a long overdue feature;
- The warning text on the Incognito landing page has been simplified, removing the bulleted list for a more concise explanation, to emphasize what the feature doesn’t provide.
Other changes are still in the experimental phase and you’ll have to manually enable them from the internal flags page:
- If you want to try out apps in the browser before installing them – a good idea considering the recent problems with extensions changing owners and then injecting ads all over the place – you can enable the experiment ‘Ephemeral Apps’. These can be launched either from the App Launcher or directly from web links;
- Chrome added support for collapsible rich notifications, useful if notifications contain large pictures or longer texts;
- Now that the Instant Extended API is on by default, another experiment adds a blue ‘Go Search’ button inside the Omnibox when you perform a Google Search – more or less identical to the Go button on the web. If you use the arrow keys to select a web page from the drop-down list, the button changes to an arrow;
- Speaking of bookmarks, work is under way for an Undo/Redo feature in the Chrome Bookmarks Bar.
On the developer side, this version has more things to offer:
- CSS Animations and Transitions in Blink are now rendered with the new Web Animations engine;
- Improvements to the online payments platform include support for multiple accounts;
- Extensions loaded in development mode on Windows will be highlighted;
- An updated version of the audio codec Opus is included in Chrome to power Remote Desktop and WebRTC;
- Last but not least, a bug involving small-caps and optimizelegibility that affected my own blog design has finally been fixed, three and a half years after first being reported!
Finally, Chrome adds another layer of security by supporting Certificate Transparency, a project aiming to provide an open framework for monitoring and auditing SSL certificates in nearly real time, reducing the threat of website spoofing, server impersonation, and man-in-the-middle attacks.