Google celebrates Chrome's 10th birthday with a new look and improved features

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Google has been very aggressive at adding new technologies, sometimes making Chrome the only browser that works with some of the company's web service features. In a press release, Google's Ellie Powers and Chris Beckmann note that the new look features "more rounded shapes, new icons and a new color palette", which is much brighter and whiter than before. Thus far, Microsoft has seemingly swung and missed on several at-bats with its Edge browser for consumers, but if the Android downloads are any indication, there is interest in new browser experiences; maybe it'll just take 10 years. Website icons on tabs are easier to read on the desktop.

Also on iOS (but not Android), the toolbar has been moved to the bottom for easier reach. Chrome is getting a new look everywhere, major improvements to its password manager, smart answers within the Search bar, and more.

Chrome now has a totally redesigned system for autofilling stuff like passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers - all saved to your Google Account of course. The update is now rolling out, but if you don't see it yet, be patient. Chrome has always offered to store your passwords, but now it will warn if you try and use the same password across more than one website. Omnibox will now show you answers directly in the address bar without having to open a new tab.

Perhaps the first thing you will notice in Chrome 69 is the brand new user interface.

For example, start typing the word weather, or sporting results, and you'll see the results appear right within the bar. Furthermore, if you are a tab hoarder the omnibox search will let you know if you already have a relevant tab open and let you jump to it. The address bar's been also tweaked, with the Omnibox (suggestions bar) now giving you intelligent suggestions. As part of this, Chrome will no longer display a Secure indicator for sites using an SSL certificate and will instead show a lock icon as shown above.

Artificial intelligence (AI) will play an even bigger role in future versions, according to the Chrome development team. The new look, especially on the desktop, will make Chrome like a completely different browser. There's a new birthday edition of the "Offline Dino Game" that'll be available through September.

Moving forward, Chrome promises to integrate Augmented Reality into the web experience. If you ask Chrome a question, you'll see instant results. Google is also working behind the scenes to help improve Chrome's loading time, latency, memory usage, and stability. There's a history of vulnerabilities in the password managers built into web browsers, including Chrome. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.