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Chrome 64 Enters Beta Channel, Brings Better Security Features, Resize Observer API, and Windows 10 HDR


The version 63 of Chrome recently started rolling out to various platforms such as Android, Mac, Linux, and Windows. Now, Chrome 64 beta has begun rolling out for the users. This version that is currently in beta channel brings better pop-up blocker, sitewide audio muting, and overall new features including the ones found on Chrome OS.

First off, the version brings support for HDR video playback for Windows 10 HDR mode. To use this feature, the system requirements include Windows 10 Fall Creator Update, HDR compatible display and graphics card. On Windows, Google is also working on bringing support for a native notification center, which became available for macOS in Chrome 59 and debuting on Linux with Chrome 64.

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Resize Observer API

With Chrome 64, developers will now be able to use the Resize Observer API that will help them in building responsive websites offering “finer control to observe changes to sizes of elements on a page.”

Enhanced security features

Rest of the new features debuting with Chrome 64 are mainly focussed on the security aspect of the ecosystem. The enhanced pop-up blocker puts a security veil on the system by blocks abusive sites from opening a new window/tab. With abusive websites, we refer to the websites that put page elements like play button that do not play anything other than triggering ads opening in a window.

Other security integrations in Chrome 64 include measures that block ill-disposed auto-redirects from certain websites. For making this security measure work, Chrome 64 will prevent redirect from third-party web pages. Besides, the browser will also be blocking third-part iFrames if the user has not allowed it. Regarding pop-up blocking on Chrome 64, in case of malicious redirects, the browser will keep the user on the same web page and show the pop-up blocking activity in the information bar that will be visible during pop-ups.

Chrome 64 also brings sitewide audio muting setting that will enable users to block audio from certain websites. The new option to block audio will be available in the permissions drop-down when users click on the green lock in the URL bar.

New features coming to Chrome OS with Chrome 64

On Chrome OS, this version brings “Split view” feature that enhances multitasking in tablet mode. The Split View can be enabled via a flag. Moreover, taking screenshots on Chrome OS also becomes streamlined with Android i.e. using volume down and power key combination to take a screenshot.

As we mentioned in the beginning, Chrome 64 is currently in beta channel and will soon enter the stable channel, roughly in a few weeks.