#PSA: Google Chrome 66 Launched Today With Features That You’ll Want To Leverage

Google today launched Chrome 66 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The key reason why this is a big deal is that this release includes autoplaying content muted by default. That alone is worth the price of admission as I can’t count the number of times I had to close a tab or mute my computer because I went to a web page that had content that autoplayed and I couldn’t quickly find the source of that content. I did a quick test prior to writing this article and found that autoplaying content that is muted still plays automatically. Autoplaying content with sound, whether it has visible controls or not, and whether it is set to play on loop or not, simply does not start playing. And if a page somehow circumvents the autoplaying block, you can still mute whole websites.

Besides that key feature, there’s also the usual security fixes and there’s new developer features. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome.

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