Google releases stable version of Chrome 8

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Google has released version 8 of its browser. The update brings hundreds of bug fixes as well as many features that have been available on the Chrome beta and dev channels to users interested in using Chrome’s latest builds.

The new Chrome version includes a built-in PDF viewer and Adobe Flash Player, secured in Chrome’s sandbox. The framework also includes support for Google’s upcoming Chrome Web Store, which will let shoppers browse Flash and HTML5 apps in the very near future.

Chrome 8 integrates over 800 bug fixes and stability improvements. The update also addresses 13 security vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser: four rated as High, five rated as Medium, and four rated as Low.

The latest stable build (8.0.552.215) is available now for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Those who currently have Chrome installed can use the built-in update function in under the About Google Chrome menu item.

The release is light on new features compared to past versions but that’s because Google is no longer concerned about using version numbers to mark a significant development milestone. The search giant recently promised to accelerate the release cycle for Chrome and push out a new stable build every six weeks. Chrome 7 was indeed released less than two months ago. Apparently users don’t mind this: the browser’s market share is steadily growing.

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