Earlier today, Google launched an automatic update for its Chrome web browser, bringing it up to version 23. Now the company has revealed just what has been included in their latest web browser release, and one of the new features is something that the company has been promising for a while.
In a post on the official Chrome blog, Google said that Chrome 23 now has a "Do Not Track" setting. Google released earlier developer versions of Chrome with this new feature earlier this year, but this is the first version of the official Chrome Stable build that will include "Do Not Track". In its blog today, Google said, "The effectiveness of such requests is dependent on how websites and services respond, so Google is working with others on a common way to respond to these requests in the future."
As we have reported in the past, Microsoft decided to make Do Not Track as the default option for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 and Windows RT. This decision has been opposed by a number of companies, mainly Internet advertisers who claim that move by Microsoft will "undercut thriving business models, and reduce the availability and diversity of the Internet products."
Today's new version of Chrome also has some performance improvements for Windows-based PCs, specifically for viewing videos. Google states:
Dedicated graphics chips draw far less power than a computer's CPU, so using GPU-accelerated video decoding while watching videos can increase battery life significantly. In our tests, the battery lasted 25% longer when GPU-accelerated video decoding was enabled. Now Chrome users on Windows will experience longer battery life so they don’t get cut off while watching their favorite YouTube video on repeat.
Source: Google Chrome blog | Image via Google