As mentioned on the official Google Chrome Blog this week, the Chrome team has pushed out a stable version of Chrome 17 to all users of the popular Web browser. Detailed extensively in a previous article, Chrome 17 brings pre-rendering to the browser and has the ability to start loading pages as the user is typing the search query or URL into the omnibox. The browser makes these judgments based of the Web history of the user, but only analyzes the data on a single machine rather than Web history under the same login on multiple machines.
In addition to the pre-rendering feature, Chrome 17 brings a higher level of security to the browser. When attempting to download an executable, Google will compare the URL of the site against a database of sites known to distribute malicious files. Beyond the two new features, Google also paid over $10,000 to developers hunting down pesky bugs in the software. Testers that located eleven bugs during the process were paid figures ranging from $500 to $2000 and an additional nine bugs were squashed as well.