Google Chrome 40 Beta With New Features
Google just recently released Google Chrome 39, but after the release it quickly announced Chrome 40 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It’s not very clear about what everything is included in the new release of Google Chrome 40, but some of the new features on Chrome 40 include a redesigned bookmark manager and Google has removed SSL 3.0 support completely.
According to Google, the redesigned bookmarks manager is rolling out gradually “over the next few weeks.” You’ll be able to access it by going to your Chrome Menu, clicking on Bookmarks, and choosing Bookmarks Manager.
Some have tried the recent Google Stars extension on Chrome and have explained of a déjà vu using it. The extension’s features are being baked right into Chrome 40 beta and will presumably arrive with a stable release of Chrome in the near future.
Google wants to highlight the following new features:
- Improved search: Quickly find that elusive page with search powered by Google, which looks not only at the bookmark title and snippet, but also the bookmarked page’s content.
- Collect bookmarks by topic: Your bookmarks will automatically be organized by topic, like “Tokyo” and “Photography.” If you’d rather, you can still organize them into folders yourself.
- Familiar bookmarks, new look: Your existing bookmarks will automatically get updated with images and descriptions, wherever possible.
- Share: Have a folder of favorite bookmarks? You can make it public and share the link with whomever you’d like to access it.
- Access your bookmarks anywhere: Bookmarked an article on your phone to finish reading on your laptop? Chrome will continue to sync your bookmarks across all of your devices, just like it does today.
On Chrome 39 ,version 3.0 SSL protocol has been disabled and Google has completely removed the SSL 3.0 feature completely for Chrome 40. The reason behind the removal of SSL 3.0 on Chrome 40 is because of a serious security vulnerability in the protocol the company revealed on October 14. So far everything is going according to plan with Chrome 39 and soon Chrome 40.
Google releases new versions of Chrome every six weeks or so. The stable release of Chrome 40 would thus normally be slated to arrive by the end of December, but given the holidays, we wouldn’t be surprised if it launched early next year.