Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day

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As you may have noticed, I'm a fan of Google's Chrome browser and it's the one I used most often. Even since I upgraded to Windows 10 a month ago, I still prefer Chrome to the new Microsoft Edge.

If you're also a Chrome fan and you're the sort of person who always likes to be running the latest version of software, then you may wish to check out Chrome Canary. It's a special release of Chrome which is always updated to be the latest cutting-edge version. Typically this means that, instead of receiving an update to Chrome every month or 2, as most users do, you'll probably get one every day. You won't know it's happening unless you check the About screen to find out the build number, but you'll be the first to be able to try all the new features.

You can safely keep both standard and canary versions installed, just in case one isn't as stable as the other, which can sometimes happen.

The Chrome Canary installer is at https://www.google.co.uk/chrome/browser/canary.html and is a 1 MB download. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, though it does download additional installation files when you run it. However, I didn't notice any problem with those when I tried it.

 

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If you actually DO open up 100 tabs (!) you'll have a hell of a time figuring out how much memory Chrome actually uses since each tab is a separate process. It does use more RAM than FF but releases it more quickly when closing a tab.

That being said, Firefox is no memory lightweight either and has long suffered from memory fragmentation. Here's an interesting site that has monitored FF memory usage over the years https://areweslimyet.com/

Remember, Free RAM is useless RAM!

To view Chrome memory usage: chrome://memory-redirect/
Shift-Escape in the browser shows details on extensions, tabs, etc.

Compared to firefox, chrome uses too much RAM :-/

Memory is there to be used and not sitting idle. If your system is that underpowered I`d consider either a hardware upgrade or switching to Linux which uses a lot less overall. MC - Site Manager.

Lol, I never said memory is not there to be used. But excessive use of memory by only one software is a bad thing. Did you think about the other software that are running? I just said Firefox uses less memory. ;) And considering what you said, my system is not underpowered, but if you do a google search, you will found so many people complaining about excessive RAM usage by chrome. One example, open about 100 tabs in firefox, and then open 100 tabs in chrome, and see the difference. :)

Rob - by the way, could you elucidate the difference(s) between Canary and "old Chrome", please??

Rob - Unlike Snowbound999, I have been using Canary Beta for maybe a year (??), since I first heard of it and downloaded it. NO PROBLEMS with it on my win 8.1 notebook. I do have both regular Chrome and Canary. Some programs and apps seem to prefer/default to reg Chrome to update or download, but both versions play nice with each other. I have no probs with 8.1 either, using Classic Shell and the touch screen turned off. Maybe I'm just not doing something right.

I put my finger on Crosseyedlemon comment: "not always newer is better". There's a lot of software that updates constantly, and mostly without reason.
But... well, everyone's free to choose what to use and how to use it...
Thanks anyway, Rob. I'm a follower of the site, and read almost every article daily.
Salud!

If it won't kill your computer, why not?
People are constantly trying out Vivaldi which has yet to produce a stable version and they run it while keeping their default (Chrome or whatever).
Personally, if i follow Google Chrome's trend, they won't be producing much more than stability and bug fixes anyway.
Slimjet is the way to go if you want an innovative Chrome based browser.

Before switching back to Firefox I used Chrome Canary bu tound that since it is pre beta it was not worth the hassle dealing with extensions thar did not work properly or website issues. You can have Chrome Canary and the stable release of Chrome installed at the same time. The last time I use Canary there was no way of making it the default browser in Windows7 but there was a script to do so. Unlike Firefox where one can have stable, beta and nightly builds of the browser installed, with Chrome you can only have stable or beta plus Canary installed.

I'm not sure why people automatically assume newer is better. I am not a Chrome user but my experience with Firefox the past year has convinced me that in many cases newer is actually worse. I am not a big fan of websites that upgrade their look constantly simply to appear progressive or software developers that want to upgrade every month rather than put in the time to get things best the first time. A daily upgrade is total overkill in my opinion unless it pertains to new definitions for an anti-virus program.

You are quite right, crosseyedlemon.

When I think about "maybe newer is not better", many examples come to my mind. First of all: Windows.