Chrome 14 arrives with native code and web audio
Chrome 14 also sees the integration of Google's Native Client (NaCl) technology which allows C/C++ code to be run inside the browser, and enables developers to connect C/C++ libraries for graphics and audio and port desktop and web applications. Developers use Pepper (aka ppapi) to interact with the browser from within the native code.
Applications running in the native client are double sandboxed with, for example, particular system calls being blocked and monitored for attempts to perform direct access to files or use self-modifying code. A Bridge connecting the browser and the native client application, over which messages are passed, provides controlled interaction between both elements. The Native Client SDK is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux which includes the required header files and modified versions of the GNU compiler tools. Other changes in Chrome 14 include support for Mac OS X Lion's overlay scrollbars and some support for Lion's new full screen mode.
Google Chrome is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Existing users should be automatically upgraded to the new release, but can select the "spanner" icon on the toolbar and "About Google Chrome" to check for updates.