Google released two new versions of Chrome yesterday, version 10 for beta users and version 11 for developers willing to put up with more instability.
With Google's six-week update schedule, the new releases are milestones that Chrome users pass--often not necessarily noticing given the software's silent auto-update mechanism. But there are significant new features coming with the new beta.
Also in Chrome 10 is hardware-accelerated video, which can increase computing efficiency and spare battery life; settings controls that move from a pop-up dialog box to a browser tab; and password synchronization among different installations of Chrome (though not, as with Firefox, with Chrome on Android).
Google hasn't released any further details on Chrome 11 plans, but it looks like one interesting feature on the way is "chromoting," which allows a Chrome browser to remotely take over another machine over a network.
It's not unlike LogMeIn or other remote desktop applications, but those can't be installed on a Chrome OS machine, so chromoting gives a browser-based mechanism. That, in turn, would let Chrome OS in effect remotely run some native software that wouldn't run on a Chrome OS machine.
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