Google has rolled out Chrome 66 to all users this week, bringing some popular and much welcome new features to its web browser. Primarily, Chrome 66 blocks autoplay elements on a web page by default.
The change will mean users won’t be bombarded with auto-playing videos when they load up certain sites, although this won’t be a blanket change to all videos. By default, it will only affect auto-playing content that also has audio, which are typically the worst offenders as you’re scrambling to find which tab is blaring out some noise.
Should content be muted, or have no audio track whatsoever, it will still autoplay. If that’s not enough for you, users will now be able to click and button and prevent auto-playing videos across an entire domain, regardless of whether they have audio or not. That should come as a blessed relief to some, particularly those who’ve got speakers hooked up to their monitors.
As well as this, we also see the debut of the ‘Site Isolation’ feature. This has been chucked in as an extra preventative measure against the Spectre CPU security flaw, ensuring all sites are run as separate processes. As a result, each block of memory will only have the data from one web page, inhibiting their ability to communicate with one another.
The new Chrome 66 version should be rolling out to PC, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS this week, so keep an eye out for this one.