Attention Chrome users: If you regularly run Chrome on a 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine, this news is for you. Google has just released a 64-bit version of the browser in the beta channel (finally), which means that more users than ever can take advantage of the performance boost, without having to deal with all of the bugs that comes with the dev or canary channels.
This has been a project at least two months in the making, when 64-bit Chrome finally became available in canary. Most everyday users don’t ever want to run something so unstable and developmental, though, so it didn’t really make any headlines. The appearance of 64-bit Chrome in beta, though, means that Google is definitely serious about bringing this to everyone in the stable channel sooner, rather than later.
Google says that users can expect “up to 25% in graphics and multimedia content handling” and a “marked increase in stability” over the 32-bit version. Just like any other beta release, stable users can upgrade by installing this over their existing installation. Unfortunately though, if users want to downgrade, they’ll have to uninstall Chrome completely and then reinstall it from scratch.
Even though I use Chrome OS exclusively at home, I’ve been running this version of Chrome on my 64-bit Windows 7 computer at work without any issues at all. If you decide to run it too, be sure to let us know what you think! You can download it at the source link below.[Google via OMG! Chrome!]