Chrome 42 Update Now Rolling Out To Stable Channel Users Of Chrome OS

If you are running any version of Chrome, then this week your Chrome running device has seen an update. Specifically, an update to Chrome 42. This update was rolled out to all the beta channels a few weeks back, so those running the experimental version of Chrome will already be familiar with what is being offered. However, this week has seen the update being pushed towards the stable version of Chrome on multiple platforms. Those platforms included Chrome for desktop a few days ago, which was then followed by Chrome for Android yesterday. Now it looks like the Chrome 42 update is rolling out to the stable channel on Chrome OS devices such as Chromebooks. At least, according to the Google Chrome Blog post (source link below) sent out yesterday.

In terms of what is on offer for the stable users of Chrome OS, the details will not come as much of a surprise for those who read the earlier beta update post, That said, it is worth providing a recap for those that missed the earlier announcement. There are two big changes on offer. The first comes in the form of the Files app which, as previously reported is now being updated to include a massive dose of Material Design. The second big change is far more functional with the Chrome OS launcher significantly updated. This change includes Google Now Cards in the launcher display. As such, topics you search for (on any linked Chrome device) will show the Card information on your Chrome OS launcher screen, as well as other devices. The Launcher will also be seeing better search and voice search functionality.

In terms of the smaller changes, the calculator app is being updated and support for password protected zip files has also been included. Not to mention the default typeface has also been updated to be more in line with Material Design. As mentioned, the update is already en route to devices and sees Chrome OS updated to version 42 (version 42.0.2311.87). If you have yet to see the update arriving them not to worry. The blog post does state it will be rolled out over the next few weeks to systems.

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