While all the browser talk today will center around the release of Internet Explorer 8, those who want to be different or just try new things should take notice of Google’s Chrome browser heading back into beta.
Earlier this week, Google released a beta for its version 2.0 Chrome browser, which promises noticeably faster speeds. “The best thing about this new beta is speed--it's 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version,” as noted on the Chrome blog.
Chrome is based off of the open source Webkit browser code, just like Apple’s Safari. Thanks to continuous new builds of Webkit, Chrome 2.0 will feature form autofill, full page zoom and autoscroll. Tab dragging has also been updated too, now with a side-by-side view.
Given that the 1.x version of Chrome is already regarded as being very quick, the beta should be even faster. If you have the need for speed, try it here.