Download Now: Google Releases Chrome 64-bit Beta Channel For Windows

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Last month, Google released 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows for the first time. The two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. It includes several improvements in speed, security and stability:

  • Speed: 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance.
  • Security: With Chrome able to take advantage of the latest OS features such as High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8, security is improved on 64-bit platforms as well. Those extra bits also help us better defend against exploitation techniques such as JIT spraying, and improve the effectiveness of our existing security defense features like heap partitioning.
  • Stability: Finally, we’ve observed a marked increase in stability for 64-bit Chrome over 32-bit Chrome. In particular, crash rates for the the renderer process (i.e. web content process) are almost half that of 32-bit Chrome.

Today, they announced the addition of the Chrome 64-bit Beta Channel for Windows 7 and 8 users. To try it out, download the 64-bit installer from our Beta download pages. The new version replaces the existing version while preserving all your settings and bookmarks, so there’s no need to uninstall a current installation of Chrome.

  • koenshaku

    I wonder why this is news…

  • Guest

    no, thank you, I like to keep my PC clean of maleware

  • Peter

    No thanks! Why on earth I do that when I have Internet Explorer 11?

    Nothing from Google will install on my computer, tablet or Phone. Just No!

    • Mark

      I used to think that and I persisted with IE for over 2 years before finally accepting its a complete POS. And it’s not a decision I made lightly, being a Windows Phone developer and fan, I thought I would remove Google from my life. But with IE I finally had enough of the performance problems with multiple tabs, hanging and crashes, blurry fonts (because it uses the grayscale only Cleartype from RT), patchy Lastpass integration and more.
      I used Firefox before IE and every so often compared all browsers for performance. Chrome used to be the worse, especially when playing Flash videos but the latest version runs really well. At the end of the day I’ve come to the conclusion that you have to use the best tool for the job, and in this case its not IE.

      • yeah

        You still have Firefox so it still stands, if you want to be Google free you could have…

      • Asgard

        After IE11 I have seen a huge movement among my pro user friends away from Chrome and especially Firefox. I don’t know what you do with your browsers but I have never had a single crash on IE11, and all sites open so fast that there is no room for faster. All my machines are high-end though.
        In touch devices IE11 is even more clear choice because its fully hardware accelerated. Touch gestures on other browsers are soooo laggy that they are completely unusable.

        • Mark

          I agree IE11 offers the best experience on touch screen devices, but in my case my primary use is on desktop.
          As to the other comments – why would I lie about this? I tend to have a *lot* of tabs open when I’m researching and cross referencing and IE just can’t seem to cope as well with this.

      • David

        Non of these stuff you said happening to me with IE in any of my 3 computers, tablet and windows phone. So I don’t know you really have issues with your computer or not telling a truth. Either way I am with Peter in same boat and I am very happy with IE and no need to have Google in my life.

      • Tips_y

        Sorry but I have grave doubts about the veracity of your so-called IE experience simply because it has never happened in any of the computers I use with IE, nor any of my friends’ experiences with IE.

  • Code Weed

    Why do I need that spyware anyway ?