Chrome 42 brings a new push API, fixes and enhancements, and the answer to life, the universe and everything.
Google has pushed the latest version of Chrome — version 42 — to the stable channel for users on Windows, OS X and Linux. Your browser should automatically pull the new version through the silent-update mechanism, or you can download it directly from Google or your Linux distro's package manager. Getting the update is easy, unlike the obstacle course that is Android updates. Here's what you'll find once you update, according to the short version of the change log.
- A number of new apps, extension and Web Platform APIs (including the Push API!)
- Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance
- The answer to life, the universe and everything
Also included in this version were 45 security fixes, many of which are posted along with the bounty given to the security researchers who originally found the flaws. While not all the security fixes are listed (that will happen after third-parties and other entities have time to address them) $21,500 has been handed out to researchers so far for improvements to Chrome in version 42.
Of course, we can't forget the new push API, which when combined with the new notifications API will allow for more robust push messaging through things like desktop notifications, even after the browser window is closed. This will be an optional feature, so those of us who want to shut it down can easily do so. It will be interesting to see how websites and web apps use this new feature, and just how much it can be abused.