With its recently released Chrome 9 Web browser, Google has added several enhancements to provide a more immersive and rich Web experience. Chief among these new capabilities is default support for the emerging WebGL standard. This makes it possible to run 3D animations, games, and other rich interfaces within a browser without the need for third-party plug-ins and extensions such as Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight.
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In its short existence, Google's Chrome Web browser has been on a very fast development cycle, releasing nine new versions in the time it takes Microsoft to release just one new version of Internet Explorer. Of course, each new version of Chrome tends to include only a few new features, with some being under-the-hood changes and bug fixes, and little in the way of new features that users would notice. The newly released Chrome 9 fits somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, but while it only has a few new features, they are in many ways significant. With its support for rich application interfaces and games through WebGL, and its increased integration with the Google Web Store, Chrome 9 also showcases features that will be key to the potential success of the browser-only Chrome OS.
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