Google releases Chrome 10

Google has released a new version of its Chrome web browser, removing support for H.264 and adding in a 66% faster JavaScript engine. This version 10 release comes only seven weeks after version nine, maybe we will see Chrome 24 by 2012.

The major change is in the Chrome Options screen which has been revamped and will now, according to the official blog, "help you get to the right settings quickly so you don’t have to dig endlessly to find a way to import your bookmarks or change your browser’s homepage." Instead of using the traditional menus, users are now able to type the setting option into the address bar instead.

This release also features the new Crankshaft JavaScript engine which was included with the recent beta. "Even your most complex web apps will run more quickly and responsively," the blog continues to say.

Users who switch between work and home should now find it easier to keep configuration consistent and tidy using the new synchronisation tool to keep on top of bookmarks, extensions, passwords and settings. This is an easy to use option with just a simple sign in with your Google account or by creating a new one.

The removal of the H.264 codec may not come as a surprise to many as Google said they would cut it out earlier this year due to a patent issue with a group of companies including Microsoft. For HTML5 content the browser still has support for Theora and WebM codecs, both of which are open source.

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