Google Chrome 18 launches in Stable Channel

Google has launched a new major update of their Chrome web browser.

Chrome 18 is now available as a free download. Users on stable channel are getting it automatically.

Google Chrome 18 launches in Stable Channel

Google spoke about this update:

We’ve enabled GPU-accelerated Canvas2D on capable Windows and Mac computers, which should make web applications like games perform even better than a pure software implementation.

WebGL enables compelling 3D content on the web, so we want to ensure that as many users as possible have access to this technology. That’s why we’ve enabled SwiftShader, a software rasterizer licensed from our friends at TransGaming, for users with older configurations. Keep in mind that a software-backed WebGL implementation is never going to perform as well as one running on a real GPU, but now more users will have access to basic 3D content on the web.