According to the fresh information published on the official Google Chrome blog, the teams working on the Google browser development announced “the release of Chrome 17 to the Stable Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame.” Among the new features delivered to the users the release announcement mentions new extensions APIs, updated Omnibox, prerendering, download scanning protection and many other small changes.
Probably, the most important update is related to a safer web browsing. The technology behind Chrome will be able to scan not only downloads but web sites as well. If the user lands on a webpage that doesn’t match a whitelist or it is risky because of known malware, a reddish warning message, impossible to be ignored, pops up on the screen and advises the user to leave the suspicious webpage. Chrome manages to do so by analyzing installation files starting with Windows-based EXE and MSI and by checking the suspicious webpage in the Google’s search index to find out if the site was reported for malicious downloads.
On the other hand, some good news for the users could come in the form of speed enhancements. Google teams working on Chrome had this target for a while and now extending the site pre-catching feature to the location bar Omnibox it seems that the user will be able to experience faster browsing. Seth Rosenblatt who details the news for CNet explains how this features works. “If you have pre-caching activated in Settings, it will pre-load the first site that autocompletes its URL to a site you’re likely to visit. If you choose that site, it will appear to load instantaneously.”