Google is bringing the Chrome web browser into the 64-bit era with new builds of the browser that Google says are faster and more secure.
Right now you’ll need to install the Dev Channel or Canary channel builds of Chrome for Windows to try out the 64-bit software. Eventually 64-bit builds will probably find their way into the beta and then stable channels.
According to Google the new browser uses CPU and compiler optimizations to a 25 percent performance boost on average.
As for security, Google says Chrome can now use Windows 8 features such as High Entropy ASLR to make browsing a little safer.
Google also says 64-bit Chrome is more stable than its 32-bit counterpart. Web content processes cause the new version of the browser to crash about half as often.
That said, 64-bit Chrome is still only available in pre-release builds which means that while you can take it for a test drive, you might want to consider using the Canary channel builds for a while until you’re certain you’re ready to make the switch. Canary builds install alongside your existing Android browser letting you run both browsers without one overwriting data in the other.