The COVID-19 crisis has been noticed in practically everything. Many Linux distributions and other software developers have managed to fulfill their agenda, but that is not something that Google has achieved with its browser. The company famous for being the owner of the most used search engine on the planet, among other things, has gone from v81 from your web browser to Chrome 83, the version that available since yesterday, May 19.
This new update comes with many new features that could not be released in Chrome 82, such as 38 security flaws collected in the previous link. On the other hand, they have included all kinds of improvements, among which I would personally highlight some tweaks in the design that Google has achieved by working closely with Microsoft. Below you have the list of most outstanding novelties that have arrived alongside Chrome 83.
Chrome 83 highlights
- The groups of tabs have officially arrived, but the activation will be gradual (via OTA).
- New design in check boxes, text fields, buttons, selection menus and other controls, which improves accessibility.
- New options have been added to the Privacy and Security section to allow all cookies, block third-party cookies in Incognito, block third-party cookies, and block all cookies.
- Redesigns in the settings section.
- Redesigned extensions menu in the main browser and progressive application windows (PWA) that is marked with the icon of a puzzle piece. By clicking on it, we will see the installed extensions and what data can be accessed.
- Enhanced Safe Browsing has been introduced to let Chrome check which pages and downloads are dangerous.
- In Chrome 83, DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) has been activated for all users, which began to be activated in Chrome 79.
- New notice that appears when a web page wants to activate the Flash Player.
- Now we are notified when we download an EXE, APK or other executable file from an HTTP or HTTPS page.
- In the tablet mode version of Chrome OS, a new interface has been added that groups related pages together.
- Now it should consume less resources and energy by freezing inactive tabs, which excludes those that are playing audio, video, recording, etc, if they have been running in the background for 5 minutes. The function will be activated gradually (via OTA).
Chrome 83 is now available for all supported systems from its official website, which we can access from this link. Users who already had it installed, we will see the new version as an update from our update system.