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Chrome 8 goes final with PDF viewer, Web Store support

updated 03:55 pm EST, Thu December 2, 2010

Chrome 8 arrives with PDF and Web Store

Google today quietly released a finished version of Chrome 8. The stable release adds a new built-in PDF viewer that, like Safari, saves having to use a companion app. The tool is sandboxed to prevent a rogue PDF from compromising the browser and posing a security threat to the rest of the system.

Although not directly mentioned, developers have also revealed that Chrome 8 should have the underlying framework for the Chrome Web Store. Google's portal will let users shop for web-based apps, such as Flash games or HTML-based productivity tools, without having to visit separate sites. Access to the store isn't currently active.

Full release notes aren't available, but the update should fix a pair of major security holes with SVG images and XPath as well as other crashes and exploits that focus most on web video. Linux and Mac users get a specific fix that updates the list of dangerous files to be in sync with the Windows edition.

All three operating systems can download the update today.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Brett

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    App Store?

    It will be interesting to see whether Chrome's Web Store will take off. Developers will have a greater potential audience, but at the high cost of sharing revenue with Google.

    Brett Miller

  1. facebook_Tudza

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    Chrome or Adobe at fault

    I had a month or so where every PDF came up with an error message saying the PDF was corrupted. Turned out either Adobe or Chrome was really at fault. Hopefully Chrome will reader with something different from Adobe so when one breaks the other can still be used.

    Really, I thought that most people preferred to read PDF documents outside the browser.

  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll stick with Firefox...

    But I'm glad that Internet Explorer has real competition in Firefox, Safari and Chrome- just like Microsoft has competition from Apple and Linux. They won't kill the Goliath, but they'll keep it on its toes.

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