Latest Version of Chrome Brings Numerous Updates and Changes

Each new version of Google Chrome that ends up getting rolled out seems to bring with it something or the other that users tend to enjoy taking advantage of on a regular basis. The latest version of Chrome that has just been released by Google, called Chrome 87 by the company, is no different.

The previous version, Chrome 86, was perhaps the biggest update that Google Chrome had seen in quite a while, perhaps in response to a renewed threat posed by Microsoft’s new Edge browser and the good press that it had started to receive.

Chrome 87 appears to be continuing the trend of significant advancements, with Google clearly eager to cement its monopoly in the web browser market and make it so that a lot more users would want to stick with Chrome rather than moving on to other, seemingly better, options.

The most prominent major change that would be enjoyed by average users has to do with the PDF viewer. Chrome 87 is bringing the biggest update to the PDF viewer so far, with one aspect that is different being the new side panel that would allow you to see all of the slides or pages in the PDF and select the ones that you want to take a closer look at. The chapter list, previously available in a separate drop down menu, has also been added to the side panel for easier access.

Another change coming to the PDF viewer is that you can now see two pages simultaneously, something that would make it easier for people to organize the work they are doing or the paper that they are reading at that current point in time. This is a useful way to get more information spread out in front of you so that you can start making sense of it.

There are a couple new APIs being thrown into the mix as well, the first of which would enable font access for your browser. Being able to access a wider range of fonts in the browser would be useful for a lot of designers, something that can be used in conjunction with the new and improved PDF viewer. A new cookie storage API will also speed the browser up by creating lists of cookies that sites can use rather than them having to make new lists each time a user visits the site.

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