Chrome 3.0 supports Web Workers

Georgetown Fall FairGoogle released an update of their webbrowser yesterday, bring Google Chrome to version 3. This release offers a number ofimprovements and new features, and pushes JavaScript performanceeven further into the stratosphere, keeping up the horse racebetween Chrome and Safari.

One improvement that has gone largely unnoticed is that 3.0brings Web Workers to Chrome (of course it already had it in GoogleGears fashion, however now it’s in the standard, cross-browserform), so you can run the web worker benchmark I previously put up and see Chrome 3blazing a path. I’ll update the comparison charts to include thisbrowser shortly.

This means that web apps using Web Workers for enhancedperformance on multi-core machines, or more importantly for betterGUI responsiveness, now function on Firefox, Safari, and Chrome,leaving just Internet Explorer and Opera as the hold outs.

Quiet Upgrades

I really appreciate how quietly Google updates their browserwhen you already have it installed. No user-disrupting fanfare orattempts to use the opportunity to push new toolbars or sideproducts on you (which, I suspect, drives the frequent updates tomany products. I uninstalled NoScript way back after having theupdate notice seemingly every other day for what seemed to be themost trivial extension possible, each update bringing you to theadvertisement riddled website where it incidentally told you thatthey made some sort of irrelevant non-update. That was before thenotorious battle betweenNoScript and Adblock, where the former again was motivatedprimarily by ad impressions). Of course this model gets much moredebatable once changes include major functionality changes, orbreaking changes, however as is it’s a seamless way of deliveringupdates, where each version simply improves and adds to what isthere.