Recently Google team announced the availability of Chrome 61 Stable on its Chrome Releases blog. The latest stable version (61.0.3163.79) brings a host of fixes and improvements and now is available for download on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
This update includes 22 security fixes, and it has started rolling out on desktop devices running the browser on Windows, Mac and Linux. If you have not enabled the auto-update feature in the web browser, it is recommended to update to the new version as soon as possible. To check any available update for your Chrome browser, you can load chrome://help/ in the browser’s address bar, and Chrome will query the update server as the page opens and then download the available update immediately. Besides, you can access to the updater by clicking Menu icon > Help > About Chrome.
In Chrome 61, the Help page can be accessed at chrome://settings/help
If you fail to install the update through built-in updater, you can directly download the latest version from here. Need to uninstall previous versions of Google Chrome? Check this post to know how to properly remove it as well as its plugins.
Chrome 61 introduce the latest WebUSB API, which enables web apps to interact with computer peripherals like keyboards, mice and printers. Users do not need to download external/3rd-party drivers for the peripherals in the supported ecosystem.
Here are some changes in Chrome 61 cited from the official changelog:
- Add initial set of new default user images.
- Autoplay policy for HTML5 video: chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy
- Data Saver site breakdown doesn’t add up to totals on version update. Also, don’t show negative savings.
- DevTools: Add ‘Save profile’ toolbar button to performance panel.
- Disable first run for mananged profiles.
- [Extensions] Don’t allow content scripts on the New Tab Page.
- Enable automatically detected CUPS printers in the print preview dialog.
- Enable asm.js -> WebAssembly by default.
- Keep scanned host devices in the cache for longer (from 5 minutes to 2 hours).
- Move extension unzip/unpack to background thread to prevent the blocking of the main utility thread.
- On dual-GPU macs, blacklist MSAA for both GPUs if either is Intel.
- Switch pause/mute buttons’ locations in RTL languages
Besides, Chrome 61 also gets support for the PaymentRequest API on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS devices, and support for Web Share API for Android devices. Later this week, Chrome 61 for Android is also available for download, and it brings an updated Google Translate toolbar and an improved image picker.
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