What’s new in Chrome 89 for Windows 10: Modern Share UI and more

Google Chrome 89

Google Chrome 89 is now available for everyone on Windows 10,
Mac, Linux and Android. This update introduces a few new
features, including a new tab search experience, a new reading
list, support for Windows 10’s native share UI, and more.

As you may know already, Windows 10 comes with a special pop-up
interface called “Share”, which lets you forward content
through apps and browsers that support this feature.

For example, when you click the ‘Share’ button in the File
Explorer, a ‘sharing’ panel slides in, listing your Outlook
contacts, nearby devices, and apps, through which you can
forward a link.

So far, only a few Windows Store apps, File Explorer, and Edge
have supported the Share UI, but Google has now worked with
Microsoft to enable support for this functionality in Chrome.

Chrome Share UI

Starting Chrome 89, the share button on a supported website
will open Windows 10’s sharing menu, which will also offer the
ability to share a link to a nearby device via Bluetooth or
Wi-Fi. This Share UI will also work in conjunction with other
Windows apps, such as Outlook and Edge.

For now, share UI works on certain websites only. However, it’s
likely that Chrome will eventually get a share button in the
menu to better support the native sharing UI, nearby share and
Microsoft’s Your Phone app.

New features in Chrome 89

Here’s a list of other improvements in Chrome’s March 2021
update:

Reading list

Chrome 89 is the first version of the browser to include
support for the ‘read it later’ feature, which is supposed to
help you maintain a reading list.

Chrome reading list

To use the feature, you can click on the bookmark mark button
and then select the reading list option in the menu that
appears. You can simply head to your reading listing, and you
will find your links categorized under two sections – unread
and pages that you’ve read.

Chrome reading list feature

It’s worth noting that the feature is not enabled by default,
which indicates that it’s rolling out gradually, so it won’t be
long before it is available to all users.

Other improvements

Chrome 89 also comes with these improvements, changes and
fixes:

  • Google has dropped support for devices using older x86
    processors.
  • Web apps (PWAs) can now use NFC.
  • Improves support for standardized keyboards and gamepads.
  • A new “Install” button in the address bar for web apps.
  • General performance, security and developer tool
    improvements.

In addition to these changes, Google is also believed to be
working on a
big performance boost for Chrome, which is expected to land
later this year.

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