Shiny and new
As the first beta of Chrome 6 - following several development releases - there are several interesting changes over version 5. Google are touting Autofill as the big new feature, which allows the browser to automatically fill details into web-forms, including a name, address and, if you want, credit card numbers. While this is quite a basic feature, Chrome's ability to store several different addresses is potentially very useful. Autofill data, along with extensions, can also be synced to the cloud - along with bookmarks and preferences - and accessed from wherever you're logging into the browser.
Of course, a new browser is no good if it doesn't come with a significant speed-boost. Google are promising major changes to the rendering engine that should give a 15 per cent improvement in both V8 and SunSpider benchmarks, as well as a 64 per cent increase in Dromeao DOM Core tests. All of this is capped off with a minor facelift that should make the Chrome interface a little simpler to use.
For those interested, beta releases of both browsers are available now from their respective websites. If you decide to give them a go, why not let us know what you think of the changes in the HEXUS.community.