Chrome 66 Hits Stable Channel with Media AutoPlay Overhaul

April 19, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After a short delay, Google’s tweaked media autoplay features have arrived on the stable version of Google Chrome. V66 of Chrome is now available with new features and fixes of which the highlight is the ability to block auto-playing videos.

With the update, Chrome will automatically put halt to videos that play automatically with sound turned on. As with muted videos, it will still continue to play automatically. Google has earlier paid attention to user feedback of unexpected media playback, following which they decided to block auto-playing videos with sound on v64.

The feature although hit a delay, with v64 adding only the ability to block audio on the basis of websites. The feature is still available alongside the new addition.

Another addition in the new update is the ability to export passwords. The feature will let users export passwords as a CSV file. Users can access the option by heading to Settings > Advanced > Passwords and forms > Manage passwords > Saved Passwords menu. Chrome will also ask for Windows password from the user for authentication, which in the case of mobile can also be via fingerprint/Face ID. On the mobile edition, the feature can be used to export passwords using the system share sheet.

Google has also updated its Android edition by replacing the Chrome Home with Chrome Home Duplex as revealed before. Users can also have new tabs opened simply by pulling up a newly introduced bottom toolbar.

In addition to the arrival of Chrome 66, Google’s browser will also be receiving Windows Defender protection with the release of the antivirus of scanner extension for Chrome this week. The Chrome extension of Windows Defender will help prevent phishing emails from being successful by blocking malicious URLs that comes included in the extension.

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