Google Chrome 13 moved today from the beta to the stable channel, delivering the new Instant Pages feature for quicker Google search results. Available to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Chrome 13 also comes with a long-missing print preview feature for Windows and Linux users, and location bar improvements on all platforms that let you search for sites in your history more effectively.
The pre-rendering technology that powers Instant Pages is based on Web standards, so while Google.com is likely the best-known site that uses it, the technology is available to other site developers.
Print preview had been a small but glaring hole in Chrome's feature list. Chrome stable for Mac still doesn't have the feature, which is powered by the PDF reader that comes built into Chrome. Meanwhile, the improvements to the location bar--Omnibox in Google-speak--make your history more easily searchable.
Chrome 13 stable also includes more than 5,200 improvements and bug fixes, along with 13 security fixes marked as "high" priority. Among these were a cross-origin script injection and cross-origin violation in base URI handling that netted $1,500 awards for the independent researchers who discovered them.
Chrome beta and Chrome dev are still on version 13 and version 14, respectively, although Google tends to update them to their next versions within a few days of updating the stable channel.
The Chrome browser's operating system sibling, Chrome OS, also is now on version 13 beta. Along with all the features in the current Chrome 13 beta, Google announced that it was aware of a 3G disconnection bug. The company advised rebooting the Chrome OS laptop as a workaround until a better solution had been found. The operating system also still lacks the promised offline support that was announced at Google I/O earlier this year. Offline support has been promised before the end of the summer.