Google Chrome 37 Beta Featuring DirectWrite API Support Now Seeding to Developers
Chrome 37 beta has Web Cryptography JavaScript API enabled by default, for developers to perform cryptographic operations such as hashing, signature generation/verification and encryption.Google

Google has announced the release of the beta channel of Chrome 37 to developers and general users across the world. One highlight that the latest release brings is support for Microsoft's DirectWrite API for Windows.

Click here to download Google Chrome 37 beta for free.

With DirectWrite API, high-quality and clear textual content rendering takes place, even on displays with comparatively high DPI (high resolution displays like LEDs).

Prior to DirectWrite API support, text rendering was established with the help of the legacy Graphics Driver Interface (GDI) that was customised to support low-resolution displays, as a result of which text rendering on higher resolution displays apparently witnessed a lag.

"The switch to DirectWrite has been a top user request for years, and required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine," states Google on the official Chrome blog.

Since DirectWrite API supports high resolution displays, devices such as LED screens should witness efficient and clear textual content rendering by Chrome.

Another major update that developers get in Chrome 37, is support for HTML5 element that enables to build styled dialog boxes within web applications.

Google's engineers have also enabled Web Cryptography JavaScript API by default in Chrome 37. This API allows developers to perform multiple cryptographic operations such as hashing, signature generation/verification and encryption.

Google also states that it has disabled support for showModalDialog API that displayed HTML content by blocking all other content types, which naturally led to a lag in the overall performance of Chrome.

Along with these major enhancements, Google has also added other minor enhancements. Click here to see these minor upgrades.

The release of Chrome 37 beta comes within a short duration of Google releasing the stable version of Chrome 36 for users on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android that brings various major enhancements to users across platforms.