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Google Chrome entered the browser scene with a speedy splash. Google Chrome Beta exists to pass on the latest Google brainchildren into the waiting arms of users. Each beta iteration gives testers several new features to play with and report back on.
Google Chrome Beta provides all the features of standard Chrome, such as a minimal interface, combination search/address bar and incognito functionality. These features are often unchanged, which allows beta testers to quickly differentiate between some of the new tools and options.
New rarely means stable, however. Google Chrome Beta is released so that users can provide any experienced bugs. Each release build comes with its own set of issues, such as audio and video stuttering or repetitive crashing when visiting certain websites.
The main draw of Google Chrome will always be its speed and performance. Successive versions of the browser compete for faster load times, and beta testers get a first glimpse into the competition. This kind of speed makes occasional crashes and a few choppy video loads a small price to pay.
Plugins designed for beta versions of Chrome also tend to fall in line with new build releases. Plugin designers like to stay on the cutting edge of Chrome development. Zero day plugin releases let beta testers enjoy maximal functionality while assisting in Chrome development.
The latest iterations of Google Chrome Beta are aimed at increasing the browser's native acclimation to Windows 8. Current Windows 8 users can take advantage of Chrome's new theme integration, Windows Store functionality and taskbar pinning feature. Google Chrome Beta will continue to increase Windows 8 support in later builds.
Recent versions of Google Chrome Beta have also introduced retina display support. New builds continue to increase the speed and responsiveness of Google Chrome Beta in order to provide seamless retina display.