Google releases Chrome 71 with a focus on security features

Google releases Chrome 71

Google has published today Chrome 71, the latest version of its web browser, a release that is primarily focused on bolstering Chrome’s security posture.

Google also announced its intention to crack down on websites that use shady tricks to fool users into subscribing to mobile subscription plans.

Google plans to show a full-page warning –similar to the ones shown for HTTPS errors– before users access these types of sites.

A summary of the most important changes are available below:

  • Chrome now supports relative date formats by default, without site owners needing to use a third-party JavaScript library. The relative time format refers to dates expressed such as “4 seconds ago,” “today,” “two years ago,” etc..
  • Chrome now supports Microsoft’s COLR/CPAL font format. This is the third “color font” format that Chrome will support, after CBDT/CBLC and SBIX. Color fonts are a new way of creating and rendering vector-based interactive fonts.
  • The Web Audio API now follows user-set audio autoplay settings. This means that when a user mutes a website, Chrome will actually respect the user’s wish. Google initially rolled out audio autoplay muting earlier this year, but engineers rolled back the change almost immediately because the new policy also broke many old web games. After giving developers time to adjust their sites and old web games, Google has now re-enabled that feature.



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