chrome8 small Google Chrome 8 released, brings built in PDF viewer and Chrome Web Store support

Google has announced the launch of Chrome 8.0.552.215. This update brings more than 800 bug fixes and stability improvements, as well as a built-in PDF viewer, and full support for the upcoming Chrome Web Store.

chrome8 Google Chrome 8 released, brings built in PDF viewer and Chrome Web Store support

Google has announced the launch of Chrome 8.0.552.215.

This update brings more than 800 bug fixes and stability improvements. Some of the stuff fixed in this release include:

  • browser crashes due to bad indexing with malformed video,
  • cross-origin video theft with canvas,
  • possible browser memory corruption via malicious priviledge extension,
  • and more.

While much of Chrome 8 is about more tweaking and patching, there are some nice additions too: the browser now comes with a built-in PDF viewer. The viewer lets Chrome ‘render PDF files as seamlessly as HTML web pages’ without the need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you are worried about security, the PDF viewer is secured in Chrome’s sandbox – or isolated, in other words. Meanwhile, Google is also working on sandbox-ing Adobe’s Flash Player to isolate Flash content, making the browsing experience more stable (boom!).

Chrome 8 also adds full support for Google’s upcoming Chrome Web Store. While no date has been set for the Web Store’s unveiling, it is expected to pop up anytime soon since the browser support is ready. The Web Store will offer a nice collection of both free and paid Web-based applications for the Chrome browser, as well as the Chrome OS (which isn’t here yet).

For those interested in browser statistics… Chrome’s browser share rose by a significant margin to nearly 10% for the month of November.

 

References: PCWorld, Google Chrome Releases