'New tab' page redone in Chrome 15 beta

Chrome fans, prepare yourselves for a robust new "new tab" page, which just landed in the latest Google Chrome beta build.

A streamlined "new tab" page debuts in the latest major-point bump for Chrome, along with some refinements aimed at making it easier to distribute Chrome Web apps, syncing the location bar's Omnibox History, and enabling by default the JavaScript Fullscreen API. You can download Google Chrome 15 beta for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame.

Google's new 'new tab' page contains robust organizational features.

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The changes to the new tab are substantial, and represent the first major visual refresh to Chrome in some time. The new page splits up your Most Visited sites, Chrome Web apps, and Bookmarks into three distinct sections. There are arrows on the left and right side of the page to flip through them, as well as links at the bottom of the page. The browser saves the last one you were looking at, and returns to it when you restart the browser.

The redesign also includes an intuitive organizational feature. You can drag items from any of the three pages to the bottom bar and create custom categories for keeping them organized. Double-click where the new category label is blank, and a text box appears. You can also mix and match items in a custom category, so you can have your Gmail Offline Web app live next to your Gmail bookmark. To remove an item, drag it toward the bottom right corner of the page, and a trash can will appear for you to drop it into.

The full Chrome 15 beta changelog can be read here.

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