Google started the rollout of Google Chrome 66 for all supported platforms today. The new version of the web browser re-introduces a functional password exporter, comes with video autoplay blocking functionality, and security fixes among other changes.
Google is pretty tight-lipped about Chrome releases and Chrome 66 does not change that at all. The official blog post on the Chrome Releases website reveals only some of the changes that went into the new browser version.
The announcement reveals the third-party reported security issues that were fixed in Chrome 66, and that a site isolation trial is run on a small subset of Chrome users.
Google Chrome users who don't want to participate in the trial may load chrome://flags#
Chrome 66 requires at least Mac OS X 10.10; Chrome 65 was the last version of the web browser that supported Mac OS X 10.9.
Google does publish a changelog for Chrome releases but it is quite long and technical, and it will take hours to go through all of it.
One of the new features in Chrome 66 is better handling of autoplaying video with sound. Basically, what Chrome does is block video on (most) sites if audio is enabled. This should take care of autoplaying video ads with sound and other autoplaying videos with sound on sites.
When Chrome encounters an autoplaying video with audio on a site, it blocks the video from playing but the browser won't interfere with autoplaying video without sound.
There are exceptions to the rule and the main rule that Chrome uses to determine whether to play video with sound or not is based on a site's Media Engagement Index.
Basically, if you interacted with the site or played media on it previously, video with sound may still autoplay.
Google's initial plan was to release video with sound autoplay blocking in Chrome 64, but the functionality was postponed.
You may load chrome://media-engagement/ in the Chrome browser to display the score of each site you visited.
Most users won't notice a difference on sites that play media with sound automatically if they interact with the site regularly. The change affects site new sites originally for the most part that play media with sound automatically.
Tip: check out these guides for additional information on controlling video and audio playback in Chrome:
Google re-introduced the option to export passwords in Chrome 66.
Here is how you export all saved passwords in Chrome 66 or newer:
Google announced that the update to Chrome 66 will roll out in the coming days and weeks. Desktop users, at least, can load chrome://settings/help to run a manual check for updates. Chrome 66 should get picked up during the check.
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