On Tuesday, Google announced that the 59th version of its widely known browser, Chrome, is entering the beta channel. It has been made available on various known platforms, namely Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, and Windows. The technology giant announced plans to mechanically upgrade the version of Chrome from a 32-bit version to a 64-bit version.
According to Google, “In order to improve stability, performance, and security, users who are currently on 32-bit version of Chrome, and 64-bit Windows with 4GB or more of memory and auto-update enabled will be automatically migrated to 64-bit Chrome during this update. 32-bit Chrome will still be available via the Chrome download page.”
The main reasons for upgrading Google from a 32-bit version to a 64-bit are to improve stability, performance, and security. However, in order to run it, you will need a compatible computer with a 64-bit processor, at least 4GB of RAM, and a 64-bit version of Windows installed. If your computer does not fulfill these requirements, then it becomes impossible for Chrome to migrate.
This new beta version of Chrome also provides some additional features as it supports animated PNGs, which are a new format but similar to normal GIFs. This new file format is also referred to as APNGs and packs support for both 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency.
The last feature of the beta release is Headless Chromium – though it is meant for developers only. It benefits the developers by running the browser from a command line window, which further leads them to start automated testing for environments where no UI is needed. This feature is not currently present in the beta release.
Google says that its 32-bit version will continue to be available, so those who are in need will be able to access it. But what if you do not wish to migrate to the 64-bit version? If you don’t desire to migrate then Google provides an alternative solution. You simply disable Chrome updates, which get installed mechanically by default.