Google today released Chrome 32 with a number of fixes and improvements including automatic malware blocking for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Tab indicators for sound, webcam and casting
You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You’ll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV.
Chrome on Windows 8 “Metro” mode gets a new look
Manage multiple Chrome windows and quickly get to your favorite Chrome Apps with an integrated app launcher. On the desktop, we’ve updated the default styling of UI elements like form controls and scrollbars to match the sleek design of the new Chrome Metro interface.
Safe Browsing malware warning has gotten stronger
If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing that Chrome is working to keep you safe.
Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance.
The update also patched 11 security vulnerabilities and among these are:
 High CVE-2013-6646: Use-after-free in web workers.
 High CVE-2013-6641: Use-after-free related to forms.
 High CVE-2013-6642: Address bar spoofing in Chrome for Android.
 High CVE-2013-6643: Unprompted sync with an attacker’s Google account.
 Medium CVE-2013-6645 Use-after-free related to speech input elements.
For Windows 8 users, the new version now sports a new look in “Metro” mode (Google still uses that term, even though Microsoft itself has moved away from it and left it rather unclear what the new terminology should be). In Metro mode, Chrome now looks like ChromeOS with its integrated app launched on Windows.
In previous versions, the Metro mode simply presented users with the regular Chrome interface. This never looked quite right, but with this new interface, Google is actually using the Metro mode to its advantage and is basically bringing ChromeOS to Windows.
Also new in this version is support for Chrome’s “supervised users” feature, which you can now use to help family members who may need some guidance browsing the web. Once you create a supervised user, you can visit chrome.com/manage to review their browsing activity and determine site restrictions.
There are known issues that you encounter especialy if you are running Windows:
- Keyboard input is not working correctly in Windows 8 metro mode. This may impact IMEs, RTL layouts. (164964)
- Trackpad users may not be able to scroll horizontally. (332797)
- Drag and drop files into Chrome may not work properly. (332579)
- Closing Tab by pressing the ‘x’ button may not work. (332334)
- On some machines the browser UI can flicker when resizing the window. (305432)
- Opening another profile using the profile icon switcher in Win8 mode results in the new window being opened on the Desktop instead of in Win8 mode. (325919)
- Chrome conflicts with Norton Software including Identity Safe Toolbar. (327110)
- Windows 8 mode is not yet supported on HiDPI devices and Windows 8 mode is not supported on machines without hardware acceleration (160457 and 332503).
- Using Nvidia’s Stereoscopic 3D feature turns Chrome pink. Users should disable this feature in Nvidia’s control panel to restore normal functionality(319115).