Chrome 96 arrives with automatic redirection from HTTP to HTTPS and other news

Chrome 96

It has been four weeks now, less one day because today has been advanced, Google threw an update to your web browser that said goodbye to FTP support. Today, as we said a day earlier than expected, the company famous for the most used web search engine in the world launched Chrome 96, another version without really exciting features, but with at least one that I think is interesting.

Chrome 96 automatically redirects from HTTP to HTTPS when the HTTPS DNS records are given. Among the other novelties there are several related to what we can see, since one is related to the PNG image format and two others with the CSS language. Below you have a list of the most outstanding news that have arrived with Chrome 96.

Chrome 96 highlights

  • Automatic redirection from HTTP to HTTPS when HTTPS DNS records are given. Now if the DNS records are via HTTPS, it assumes the website is also accessible via HTTPS and uses that by default.
  • A fallback cache has been enabled for the desktop. This allows faster navigation to previously visited web pages.
  • Copying PNG files to the clipboard preserves the file's metadata rather than deleting it.
  • CSS media queries add "prefer-contrast" feature for when there is an operating system preference around high contrast mode on macOS or Windows.
  • CSS support for calc (number) in areas where only integer input is supported.
  • WebAssembly support for holding references to JavaScript and DOM objects and passing them as arguments.
  • More information.

Chrome 96 has been released this afternoon, so Windows and macOS users can now download it from their official website. In the next few hours it will also appear in the repository that is automatically added when the browser is installed on some Linux distributions.

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