What’s new in Google Chrome 90 for Windows

Chrome 90

Google Chrome 90 is now gradually rolling out to users on
Windows 10, macOS, Linux, and mobile with multiple
consumer-centric features and security improvements. Chrome 90
is also the first version of the browser to
automatically load all URLs via the more secure HTTPS
protocol.

In
Chrome 89 or older, if you enter URLs in Chrome’s address
bar (Omnibox), the browser will first ping the HTTP
(non-secure) version of the website before redirecting users to
the HTTP (secure) version. After applying Google’s latest
update, Chrome 90 will ping the HTTPS version of the website
instead of the non-secure protocol.

As you may know already, Google Chrome already blocks downloads
of files delivered via HTTP protocol on an HTTPS page.
Currently, only Google Chrome is automatically loading URLs via
HTTPS protocol and it’s not yet clear if this feature is also
heading to other Chromium browsers like Edge.

New features in Chrome 90

Here’s a list of all other new features in Chrome 90:

AV1 Codec

AV1 is an open-source codec
designed to enable better quality video streaming across
different form factors and platforms. Firefox already supports
AV1 and Google Chrome is also getting the feature in the latest
update.

In addition to better video quality, AV1 also reduces data
usage, especially on mobile devices (Android and iOS) or when
you have a slow internet connection.

AV1 isn’t just about improving streaming quality. In theory,
this feature could offer better compression efficiency and
screen sharing on services like Discord and Microsoft Teams
(web).

However, AV1 support in Chrome is not enough to improve
the visual quality. Content also needs to be encoded in AV1 on
websites instead of H.264 or other formats.

Window naming

Google Chrome is getting a new window management feature to
make it easier to identify multiple browser windows. To access
this feature, you need to open Chrome’s menu (…), click on
“More tools” and select “Name window”.

Chrome window rename

Or you can also right-click on the browser’s window to access
the feature.

Chrome 90 will remember the names you have configured for
windows and they’ll be restored when you open the browser next
time or if it crashes abruptly.

This feature is also coming to Microsoft Edge with version 90.

Other improvements in Chrome 90

  • WebXR Depth API: Chrome is getting a new API based on the
    existing WebXR Device API to improve the browser’s experience
    in AR. Using this API and depth buffer information,
    Chrome-based apps will better understand the user’s
    environment.
  • URL protocol setter is being enabled for improved standards
    compliance.
  • Performance overlay: For developers, Chrome is getting an
    optional new overlay that will highlight the performance of the
    website using Core Web Vitals and other metrics promoted by
    Google.
  • Security: Chrome will now block connections to HTTP, HTTPS
    or FTP servers on port 554 to mitigate NAT Slipstream 2.0
    attack.

How to get Chrome 90

Google said that Chrome 90 is rolling out and it’s likely that
it will become available for download in the next few days.

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