If you’ve been putting off Google Chrome for the sole reason that it was still 32-bit only, it’s finally time to make the switch as Google recently announced that Chrome is now stable in 64-bit. This comes after a successful experiment in Google’s Dev and Canary channels, which means after 36 versions of Chrome (and numerous betas), 64-bit Windows support is finally coming along with the release of Google Chrome 37!
As typically seen with most applications moving to the 64-bit register set, Google claims that 64-bit Chrome will offer many benefits for speed, stability and security. According to internal testing, 64-bit Chrome improved VP9 codec decoding performance by 15%, offers twice the stability, and was able to defend against vulnerabilities that rely on controlling the memory layout of objects far better compared to 32-bit Chrome.
Although Chrome is generally auto-updating, 64-bit Chrome is currently opt-in at this time, so those interested in getting the 64-bit version of Chrome will have to download it here. The only significant known issue so far is that it’ll lack 32-bit NPAPI plugin support, so apps/extensions that require 32-bit NPAPI plugin support will not work in 64-bit Chrome.
Anybody try 64-bit Chrome? Any issues? Be sure to leave a comment below!