Google issues first post-beta Chrome update

Newest developer build, 1.0.154.39, fixes 31 flaws.

Only days after Google dropped the beta tag from its Chrome browser, the company issued an update that fixes more than 30 bugs.

Earlier this week, Google delivered Chrome 1.0.154.39, a developer-only build that has not been sent to all users through the browser's update mechanism. Chrome users, however, can reset the browser to receive all updates, including the developer editions, with the Channel Chooser utility.

The 1.0.154.39 build applies 31 bug fixes, none of them related to security.

In a post to the company's blog, Mark Larson, Chrome's program manager, highlighted a fix designed to make Chrome more compatible with Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft's Web-based e-mail service.

Users' reactions, however, were mixed. According to someone identified as "welshsimon31," the Hotmail fix to Chrome did the trick: "I have no problem with Hotmail now, everything is working perfectly, like a charm!"

Another user, also commenting on Larson's blog entry, disagreed. "I still have the bug with Hotmail when I am trying to compose a new message," said "Apokalypse."

Google removed the beta label a week ago, when it said Chrome had met its stability and performance goals. At the time, some users expressed surprise that Chrome had left beta after just three months of testing, and disagreed with Google's contention that the browser was stable.

The current production version of Chrome is 1.0.154.36.

Chrome's market share swung up slightly after Google ditched the beta moniker, according to data from Web metrics company Net Applications Inc. In the seven days since Google shifted Chrome out of beta, the browser has averaged a market share of just slightly over 1%.

Although Chrome's September debut attracted enough users to briefly put its share above that mark, it quickly slipped under the 1% bar. For the month of November, for example, Chrome's market share was 0.83%.

In comparison, Microsoft's Internet Explorer accounted for 69.8% of all browsers used last month, while Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox held down a 20.8% share. Apple Inc.'s Safari and Opera Software's Opera, meanwhile, had shares of 7.1% and 0.71%, respectively, in November.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Google Chrome

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?