New Google Chrome 23 adds "Do Not Track" setting

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

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I like this option and has enabled it in my chrome. Chrome and Avant are my main two browsers. Don't know why Avatn hasn't updated its chrome engine. I'd like to use this feature in Avant too.

Remember Google got busted for not caring about you if you enabled "do not track" in other browsers. Now that it is in theirs, Google will still not care and data mine you like normal...

The OS X version seems to have fixed the odd hover state for the refresh/etc. buttons. Also seems that there's a new style for the hovered tab close state.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Wow Google Chrome browser is so fragmented. Over 4 years since the introduction with 20+ versions. =D

It's not really fragmented since Chrome auto-updates.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Wow Google Chrome browser is so fragmented. Over 4 years since the introduction with 20+ versions. =D

Because automatic updates with no exclusions of devices is "fragmented"? Google Chrome isn't Android

Princess Chica Ami said,
Wow Google Chrome browser is so fragmented. Over 4 years since the introduction with 20+ versions. =D

Chrome is probably the least fragmented browser ever.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Wow Google Chrome browser is so fragmented. Over 4 years since the introduction with 20+ versions. =D

fragmentation in chrome?? Thats the stupidest comment ever.
Chrome auto updates and one of the least fragmented browser ever.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Wow Google Chrome browser is so fragmented. Over 4 years since the introduction with 20+ versions. =D

You meant to say - 'so often updated'. Fragmentation means something else.

Well I won't be enabling it. To be honest I prefer to be tracked and get relevant information in ads and Google Now than just get blasted with random ads that don't interest me everywhere.

lol version 23? Why don't they just drop versioned numbering already... Its starting to get pointless when there is a 'major release' every other day

brent3000 said,
lol version 23? Why don't they just drop versioned numbering already... Its starting to get pointless when there is a 'major release' every other day

It's not a major release. It's a release that contains new functionality. It's a release scheme that works well for Google, really.

brent3000 said,
lol version 23? Why don't they just drop versioned numbering already... Its starting to get pointless when there is a 'major release' every other day

Eh, at this point the version numbers are really only for the devs. With such silent and integrated updating no user really cares. Chrome is just Chrome, not Chrome v343423 etc like Firefox was.

brent3000 said,
lol version 23? Why don't they just drop versioned numbering already... Its starting to get pointless when there is a 'major release' every other day

For developer use. Just because other software developers use it for marketing doesn't mean Google and others have to. Otherwise, how would you expect them to keep up with each iteration of software, which versions have bugs, and which don't?

brent3000 said,
lol version 23? Why don't they just drop versioned numbering already... Its starting to get pointless when there is a 'major release' every other day

why do you care? does the browser version come to your home and shout at our face that its a major one? either you use the browser or not, you cant change a thing, so just shut up about it