The new Chrome is out: what changes

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Martí Micolau


The first 2021 version of the Google Chrome browser, 88, has finally arrived and is available for devices Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, Linux e Chrome OS. Chrome 88 brings users new features both under the hood and aesthetics and is the first version of the browser to say goodbye to Adobe Flash.

The very old, and very dangerous, Adobe technology for creating multimedia content and publishing it on websites is thus definitively dead. And we will not miss it. But that to Flash is not the only goodbye from Chrome 88 which, again for security reasons, also greets theFTP and older Mac operating systems. The graphic novelties, on the other hand, all focus on the dark mode: the dark mode is now more uniform, with small brushstrokes of dark gray that make it more pleasant and restful for the eyes. Finally, with Chrome 88 Google is experimenting with a new way to warn users about which ones Permissions the sites ask.

Google Chrome: the news for security

In addition to the usual security patches which are always included in the new browser versions, with the 88 Google has completed the life cycle of Flash: already abandoned by the parent company Adobe on December 31, 2020 and already blocked by all browsers long before, now Flash disappears. from the Chrome code. The headstone on this format, as Chrome has a market share of nearly 70%.

Likewise, the Legacy Browser Support, that is, support for sites and apps that still use Internet Explorer through an add-on. Also in this case the motivation is security: now the support is directly integrated into Chrome and, therefore, it is much more secure.

With the new Chrome 88 it is no longer possible to visit URLs FTP (File Transfer Protocol, a protocol for browsing files within a remote server). Now Chrome is only compatible with FTPS, which unlike the first has an encrypted and secure transmission channel.

Last goodbye: Chrome 88 does not run on older Macs with an operating system macOS X 10.10 Yosemite, dating back to the distant 2014.

Google Chrome: the new permissions

It does not have to do directly with security (because essentially nothing changes), but with the user interface and ease of use, the new way in which Chrome 88 displays the permissions required by websites: instead of the previous large pop-up banner that informed about the required permissions, small plates now appear to the left of the site address.

The user can then click on the tags to revoke the permission when he wants, or grant it if he had previously denied it. The permissions granted are valid for each single site, tab by tab. And speaking of tabs, it is now possible to search for an open tab by enabling the chrome: // flags / # enable-tab-search option.

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