Google is all set to expose its Material Design refresh for Chrome on September 4. The version 69 of browser aims at bringing a “new design across all operating system.” Google flags the upcoming changes in the Enterprise release notes from Chrome 69. It is scheduled to hit the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux on September 4 while Android follows a few days later. Tablets and convertible Chrome OS devices have received new design via Chrome 67 and 68, and the other non-touch devices are going to receiver updates with Chrome version 69.
Browser Interface Changes
Chrome 69 aims to bring new and refreshed material design. You are going to experience several visual changes in the new version. The highlights include Microsoft Windows 10 notification-center integration, auto-fill updates and touchpad gesture navigation on Windows.
Changes in Desktop Version
With Chrome 69, the tabs are now rounded at the top left and right instead of sharp and angular corners. Also, the other tabs lose their outline and thus, the current page you are viewing is emphasized. The other tabs get visually separated with a short line. This visual appearance changes are going to be noticed by every Chrome user. Then, the new tab “plus” icon which is used to add a new tab moves to the extreme left.
The address bar has got a pill-shaped design with rounded corners left and right. The menu features have also got rounded corners. Now, the drop down of search suggestions and URLs don’t cover the full page width.
Chrome 69 brings decent number of changes to the Android version as well. Though many changes like rounded corners are already present, the status bar is now stark white to offer a clean look. The New Tab page is completely revamped with pill-shaped search bar and rounded corners.
When a user enables Flash for a particular website, it eliminates the need to approve every time he visits again. But, this is not going to be the case in Chrome 69. The newer version requires user to give permission to use flash when they restart Chrome.
Night Light on Chromebooks will be enabled to reduce eye strain. One can present sunrise/sunset schedule or can also customize their daily schedule and color temperature. Chrome 69 also offers dictation as a separate accessibility feature. One can click a new button in status field to start dictating or press Search + D to use voice for inputting text.
Blocking Third-Party Software
The third-party code is now blocked by default in Chrome 69. Google is working on a new security feature to block such codes with new ThirdPartyBlockingEnabled policy.
Chrome 69 goes a step forward towards password protections in Google and non-Google corporate accounts with Password Alert plug-in. In case, enterprise users use their password at such websites that aren’t whitelisted by IT, they need to reset it.
New Reporting Tool
Google has come up with a new reporting tool to help IT team in gaining insight into the browser and policy compliance. The data is stored in a local file on disk in JSON format to let IT integrate with on-premise reporting and analytic tools.
Have A Look At Chrome 69
Give It A Try
If you want to try it now, you can do so by enabling it. Enter the Chrome flag URL chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md into the address and select Refresh option from drop-down menu. This works well on Mac, Windows and Linux. Android users enter chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-modern-design and get access to the latest features.
Enable Chrome Beta 69 and let us know what you think about these new features in the comments!