We post regularly about Edge updates, but the vast majority of our readers use Chrome, and would be happy to hear that Google has just pushed out a big update to the browser.

Faster, with longer battery life.

Google says the browser is now much faster, thanks to many under-the-hood improvements. Here’s what’s starting to roll out today:

The improvements, which also improve battery life, include:

  • Chrome now prioritizes your active tabs vs. everything that’s open—reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours (based on our internal benchmarks).
  • Chrome now starts up to 25 percent faster, loads pages up to 7 percent faster, and does all of this using less power and RAM than before.
  • Chrome on Android now loads pages near instantaneously when you navigate backward and forward, making these common tasks super fast.

Tabs can now be pinned, grouped and searched.
Many people use tabs to organize their stuff online—from read-worthy articles, to sources of inspiration, to everyday to-do’s. This range of utility is why you can pin tabs (for those go-to pages), send tabs to your other devices and even group tabs in Chrome. This month we’re adding tab search to the toolbox.

You’ll now be able to see a list of your open tabs—regardless of the window they’re in—then quickly type to find the one you need. It’s search … for your tabs! The feature is coming first to Chromebooks, then to other desktop platforms soon.

Searching for a tab in Chrome

Even if you have multiple Chrome windows, you can find a tab no matter which window it’s in.

Taking action directly from the address bar

The address bar is one of those multi-sport athletes in Chrome: you can type a search, a URL, or just tap on a suggestion, and it gets you where you’d like to go. In fact, we call it the “omnibox” inside of Google (#TheMoreYouKnow).

In this release, Google is expanding what you can do in the address bar with Chrome Actions—a faster way to get things done with just a few keystrokes. For example: when you type “edit passwords,” or “delete history,” you can now take action directly from the bar. Their first set of actions—available initially on desktop—focuses on privacy and security, so you can increase your peace of mind in a few clicks.

Chrome Actions in the search bar

Our first set of Chrome Actions makes managing your privacy and security settings even easier.

A way to pick up where you left off

To help you jump back into activities like planning a meal, researching a holiday gift, or winding down with a video, Google will soon add cards to your new tab page in Chrome. Clicking on them will take you to recently-visited and related content on the web, and save you time in the process

Cards displaying recipes, shopping, and entertainment content

Cards in Chrome will help you pick up where you left off. They include recently-visited and related content, and they’ll start showing up for some users on the new tab page, underneath the shortcuts.

Google is starting with a few experiments in areas like cooking and shopping, and plan to add entertainment early next year.

All of the above—plus some other features, are rolling out over the next few weeks.

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