Chrome 58 is available through the dev channel.

(Update 17/03/2017): Chrome will be developing upon several power-saving and performance-enhancing features that were implemented in Chrome 57, most notably for background tabs. Chrome 57 brought in the ability to "throttle" background tabs when not being used. Chrome 58 will be developing upon this, by limiting the timer for background tabs that are using power excessively, basically meaning the background tabs would go into a "power-saver" mode. Supposedly, background tabs can use up to a third of the browser's power usage, possibly even more dependent on what content each tab has loaded, so this improvement should definitely benefit Chrome users on devices with limited power. Once fully implemented, background tabs will have a share of just 1% or less of an individual processor core.

(Update 10/03/2017): The latest version of Chrome could bring a material design extension page to the browser, effectively making the extensions page a more manageable and better laid-out page for users. This would make it easier to enable and disable extensions, using a simple grid like format showing name, description, reference page, details, a remove button and an on/off toggle too.

With Chrome 57 now released, Chrome 58 is next in line to be released. The dev build of Chrome 58 has just been released and with it comes some new and improved features that we haven't seen before. General performance, visual and battery-saving improvements are set to be made to the browser upon release, along with some minor bug fixes and vulnerability patches. However, one of the key things that seems to be guaranteed with the release of Chrome 58 is for Apple Macs, more specifically the new Macbook Pro.

The current build of Chrome 58 supports Apple's new Touch Bar. The implementation of the Touch Bar, so far at least, seems to be similar to that of Apple's own Safari web browser, featuring escape, forward, backward, new tab, bookmark and refresh buttons that can be accessed at a simple touch of the bar. Also, tapping a search.URL button takes the user straight through to the URL field in the web browser. As of yet though, not much else has been done with the bar, but we expect to see some drastic improvements from here on out now the fundamentals are in place. Perhaps the likes of volume and media controls within Chrome, or gestures for inputs or actions may be coming soon.

The stable release date of Chrome 58 is likely to be toward the end of April/start of May 2017, meaning these features still fairly experimental, but hopefully by the time the release is made to the public, we will be seeing a fully functioning Touch Bar supported by Google's Chrome web browser. You can download the latest build from the Chrome Release Channel.

Recommendation: Having moved into the dev channel, the release of Chrome 58 is just around the proverbial digital corner meaning online service providers are encouraged to test it for any compatibility issues as soon as possible. 

Last modified on Monday, 20 March 2017
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