Google Chrome 66 stable is available for download and installation. You will find Chrome 66 offline installer links for all Operating Systems including Android, Linux, Windows and Mac OS in this article.
Chrome 66 update includes 62 bug fixes. You can check all the fixed vulnerabilities here. Let’s go through the features and then the download links.
The most visible improvement in Chrome 66 is the autoplay content with sound is blocked by default. This feature was set to be introduced in Chrome 63 and was highly anticipated but was delayed. It’s finally here in Chrome 66.
There are two scenarios which can be applied to this feature:
All videos with autoplay sound will be blocked by Chrome.
All videos with autoplay sound, will have sound muted while the videos will still be played.
When I tested these settings, I got both the scenarios randomly and I was not able to figure out what exactly triggers the scenario.
There is a feature called Media Engagement Index (MEI) which measures the user behavior with respect to videos and assigns each site a specific score. If you are a frequent user of video on a typical site, the video may start playing automatically while sound still muted until the page is focused.
You can check the MEI on your Chrome browser by going to chrome://media-engagement page.
Symantec certificates distrusted
While Firefox is still set to distrust Symantec certificates in the next version 60, Chrome 66 has already done it. If a website is using certificates by Symantec or associates like Thwate, VeriSign, Equifax, GeoTrust and RapidSSL which has been issued before 1st June 2016, Chrome 66 will start showing certificate errors.
The problem gets compounded if the site has also implemented HSTS. This means that Chrome will not let you go forward and add a certificate exception.
The only way around is using an older browser or stop using the site altogether. If you are a website owner, you may consider updating your certificate to the latest one.
Changes to developer tools
Google Chrome is both a browser and a platform (ChromeOS). The developers of Chrome make regular additions to the developer tools. Same is true for Chrome 66. There have been a few noteworthy changes in the DevTools. You can go through this video to check out the changes to developer tools in Chrome 66.
Some of the new additions and changes include blackboxing in the network panel, auto-adjustment zooming in Device Mode, HTML rendering in Preview tab, pretty-printing in Preview, response tabs etc.
Upgrade to Chrome 66 using Chrome Update
If you are already using Chrome, you can easily upgrade your browser via Chrome update. You have to go to three dots menu on the top-right corner of the Chrome’s window and go to Help, and the About Chrome.
If a new version is available, it will start updating your browser.
When the installation completes, your browser will ask you to relaunch it. On relaunching, it will show you that you are having latest and updated version of Chrome.