If you enjoy living on the bleeding edge of all things, you might be interested to know that starting today, a new 64-bit version of Chrome has hit the Canary and Dev channels for users on both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Google’s announcement today about the new 64-bit canary and dev builds for Chrome on the Desktop aims to bring a speedier, more secure and more stable Chrome browsing experience to make things more enjoyable. It should go without saying but you’ll want to make sure that your system runs 64-bit software before rushing out to download this version of Chrome, but if you fit the bill for someone that can and wants to to test this out, Google is asking anyone who is interested in helping them test things with this new Chrome version to do so, and don’t be afraid to share feedback.
The Goal with the Canary and Dev channel builds of Chrome is after all, set up to allow the community to help test things before Google sends them off to the beta, and eventually the stable channels for the every day users to download. In case you were wondering or were worried about it, downloading and installing this 64-bit version of Chrome will replace your old version so you don’t have to bother with uninstalling the older version first, and because this is Chrome after all and you’re most likely signed into it with your Google account, installing this new version also keeps all your settings and bookmarks preserved and intact.
The speed improvement really shows with content that is heavy on graphics or on multimedia, and as Google explains they have seen a 25% performance boost in speed in those particular areas, and that’s just an average as some users may even see a little better speed performance than that. 64-bit Chrome also see a boost in the stability realm over 32-bit Chrome Google says, stating that crash rates for the renderer process are almost half that of the 32-bit version of the Chrome browser. If you’re wanting to check out the 64-bit Chrome build, head on over to either the Canary or Dev channels (which you can reach by going to the original Chromium blog post) to grab the install.