updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri October 1, 2010
Google Chrome 7 beta arrives with Instant built-in
Google late Thursday quietly posted its first beta of Chrome 7. The release is the first to implement Google Instant and will optionally update search results from the main search bar, not just from the Google website. Graphics acceleration now plays a much larger role and both speeds up some CSS transforms and turns on WebGL support for plugin-free 3D.
Most changes are universal, but Mac users now get an optional Expose-style visual view of all tabs that they can trigger with a three-finger swipe if they use a trackpad. Windows users get a rough equivalent that only shows the tabs in a sidebar.
The interface features usually need to be exposed by using the "about:labs" command in the address bar, but some are likely to be active by default by the time Chrome 7 reaches its final, stable version. Google is promising new revisions about every six weeks. [via CNET]