Chrome 64 comes with an improved popup blocker

Google has released Chrome 64 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, and this new Chrome version brings improvements to the browser's built-in ad blocker, a bunch of developer and web standards-related changes.

At first glance, there aren't many new features being rolled out with Chrome 64 to make this release interesting for end users, as there are zero changes to Chrome's UI.

Lots of goodies for web developers

Most of the new features included with Chrome 64 are meant to improve the browser's support for the ever-changing web standards that drive the modern Internet.

For example, Chrome 64 is choke full of support for new browser APIs, new CSS properties, new JavaScript (ECMAScript) features, and changes to Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine.

Most users will never see this features, but developers working on creating websites and web apps will find Chrome 64's changelog extremely interesting.

For more details, they can check out this Google blog post on the new browser APIs, and another blog post detailing the V8 and ECMAScript changes.

New popup blocker rolls out to fight malvertising

Other big changes that shipped with Chrome 64 are on the browser's security side. For starters, Chrome 64 includes mitigations against the web-exploitable Spectre flaw. Google promised to include this patch at the start of January.

Further, Chrome 64 also comes with a bolstered popup blocker that can now block tab-under behavior, being much more efficient at blocking malvertising redirects.

Last but not least, Chrome 64 also includes 53 security fixes, detailed in more depth in a blog post here. The latest Chrome version is now 64.0.3282.119. A full changelog is also available here (warning, slow-loading link).

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