Native Client (NaCl) Creeps into Chrome 14

Google has finally launched the long awaited Chrome 14. The new version is launched with plethora of security patches, but what is most striking about the new Chrome is the inclusion of the native client (NaCl) that enables the developers to use conventional desktop applications on Chrome.

Since the launch of Chrome almost 3 years ago, it is the 14th transition version, while 8th new version subsequent to the announcement of Google’s six week release cycle just a year before. The new Chrome 14 is functional on Windows, Mac and Linux. Prior to its launch, the Chrme14 had a market share of 0.42 percent, which is supposed to reach somewhere around 21 percent within 7 days of launch as Google shifts over 80 percent of its users to new browser version, StateCounter reports.

The Chrome 14 is released with 34 bugs fixed ranging from Low to High. For these vulnerabilities, Google paid $14,337 as reward to the users who reported them. Microsoft and Apple are also included in the list who reported bugs in Chrome to Google.

Google introduces a wide range of features in its new Chrome 14. The first prominent feature is the support for Web Audio API that allows developers to develop advanced audio effects like spatialization and room simulation in HTML5. You can listen to some samples on a page set up by Google.

The major breakthrough made in this very version is the support for Native Client (NaCl), which is an open-source technology that allows developers to run C and C++ code in the browser. The best part is that developers can run all those NaCl apps on the web without any changes in any Chrome version on Windows, Mac and Linux. Currently, this service is launched with a restriction by Google – NaCl apps only operate for Chrome Web Store apps. Nonetheless, Google is hoping to remove this restriction soon with a view to expand the functionality of NaCl apps.

It was said by Google earlier, that the present version of Chrome will release with support for NaCl with 3D, allowing developers to enable C++ games to run in the Chrome. But it is yet not sure whether the current version release with 3D support or not.

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