Chrome 64-bit Version Now Available On Windows: It’s Faster, More Stable And More Secure
Google released a new version of Chrome called Chrome 37, on this Tuesday, which supports 64-bit Windows operating system. The 64-bit compatibility makes Chrome 37 faster and more secure than normal 32-bit version.
The transition from 32-bit processors to 64-bit ones has been happening for few years now. The 64-bit processors offer more processor-in-memory (PIM) called “registers” and have a wider bus than 32-bit processors. This results in increased speed and efficient cache management. Windows launched its 64-bit version to support these processors in offering faster computations per second.
However, applications running on 64-bit Windows must also be 64-bit compatible in order to fully utilize the power of these processors.
Chrome 37 is able to utilize the power of 64-bit processors and hence offers 15 percent more speed in decoding High Definition videos on YouTube, found in benchmarks. Chrome 37 is also twice as stable as 32-bit version while handling typical web content. It means that it is less prone to crashes while receiving data packets from the network and displaying the received web content to the user.
Chrome 37 not only offers increased speed and stability but it is also more secure. “Chrome 37 also closes several security holes — work for which Google paid $51,000 in bounties to security testers. More than half of that — $30,000 — was “a special reward to lokihardt@asrt for a combination of bugs” that could let an attacker run software that evades Chrome’s protective “sandbox” system,” notes Stephen Shankland of CNET.
However, this 64-bit version of Chrome is available as an option for those who want to download and try it out. It is because Chrome 37 doesn’t support 32-bit plugins like Adobe Flash player. But it has its own version of Adobe Flash Player built in so it wouldn’t be a problem. Other plugin developers would need to launch 64-bit versions of their plugins in order to make them compatible with Chrome 37.
Although 64-bit Chrome is available for Windows now, 64-bit version for Mac is being developed.
Google faced backslash from the users few weeks ago when a bug in Chrome was revealed that tweaked the CPU’s ticks per second especially in Windows environment. This bug resulted in battery drainage and heating issues on portable devices likes laptops. To the users’ disappointment, this bug was present in Chrome since around 2010. Google, however, promised to fix the issue in the future release.
There has not been a word yet about whether this 64-bit version for Windows has addressed the issue or not, but this 64-bit version is without the doubt a step ahead for Chrome.