Two months after being released as experimental software in the Dev channel and Canary, the first 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows reached the beta stage. The novelty is available for any user who uses the 7:08 versions of the operating system (since 64-bit, obviously).
Unlike the Canary version, the beta 64-bit Chrome can not coexist with a 32-bit installation. In other words, if you decide to test the new version, you should be aware that the previous installation will be replaced with history, bookmarks and related data being transferred to the new.
Provided software not finalized, it is clear that the new version is more subject to failure or instability. Fortunately, the first tests show a significant performance improvement compared to the 64-bit Chrome Canary.
According to Google, the expectation is that the new version can be up to 25% faster in loading pages and up to 50% less susceptible to rendering failures. In this respect, the merit probably will not fit just to the processor performance, but also to better utilization of memory on computers with more than 4GB of RAM, for example.
Google also believes that the 64-bit version of Chrome is safer, in part, by the compatibility with the ASLR (Address Space Load Randomization) Windows, a feature that assigns memory addresses to random libraries, executables and the like, making it difficult to location data for these attacks or infiltration of malicious software.
Google did not say when the first stable version of Chrome 64 bits will eventually be available, but as the browser development progressed enough, it is likely that the launch happen this quarter.
The Chrome beta can be downloaded on the official website .