updated 03:39 pm EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
New version promises future speed enhancements, stability
Google has released a beta of the 64-bit version of the Chrome web browser. The beta version released today is available for both Windows 7 and 8.1, and closely follows the initial release version in June for Microsoft's operating systems. So far, there have not been any major problems with the release, but some bugs noticed in the previous developer's release are still present.
Google points to three main reasons for the 64-bit release. Speed enhancements with a more modern instruction set, with Mountain View claiming that users will see a 25 percent increase in speed. Security is said to be enhanced, with the ability to implement High Entropy ASLR on Windows 8.
Developers claim that stability should ultimately be enhanced by the 64-bit version, but early reports about the beta call that into some question. Additionally, users are reporting problems with HiDPI implementation, as well as memory management.
The 64-bit version overwrites the 32-bit version, following a brief import process of settings and bookmarks. While the computers we tested the release on experienced no difficulties with this process, backing up settings and bookmarks is advised.