Chrome 107 debuts the side panel to perform searches

It said in the release note of the new version of Brave that this was the first browser to make the leap to Chromium 107, which we echoed because Chrome, which is ultimately a hardened clone of its open source base, does not brought nothing especially interesting to the user. As you can see from the headline, I was wrong.

I was wrong in part, advance, and it is that Chrome 107 It brings, in fact, different fundamental novelties that are really important for the performance of the browser, which are not interesting for the user, because they are technical changes that go unnoticed, some in the general scope for all Chromium derivatives, others more exclusive from Chrome.

For example, Chrome 107 begins the HVEC rollout for hardware decoding support, starting with Android; just as he arrives beginning of the end by Widevine as a management complement for the playback of content with DRM, which will be replaced over the next few weeks by a new CDM (Content Decryption Module) from which the rest of Chromium derivatives will also benefit.

But Chrome 107 also launches a new functionality, which, in addition, we had already echoed in these pages: side panel search. It is not a revolution, because there are several browsers that allow this functionality, and it could even be said that they have copied it from Microsoft Edge, whose implementation is very similar… But here it is, available to almost all Chrome users.

For almost everyone? Yes. That’s another. As has been the case for years, Chrome’s new features are gradually rolled out among its vast user base, so even using the same version of the browser, you don’t always have the same features, although the gap usually doesn’t last long. So don’t worry if you don’t see it, you will.

This search in the side panel does not actually work as expected. In other words, when you press the button that opens the side panel you will not see the search option, as would be desirable; as before, only the reading list and the bookmarks are there. To use the search in the side panel you just have to:

  1. Perform a search and enter a result, as you normally would.
  2. You will then see a new Google logo icon to the right of the address bar.
  3. By clicking on that new icon, you will open the search side panel.

In the panel that opens, the current search will be maintained, although it is possible to perform new searches. That is why it is not understood that a panel cannot be opened just to search, without having to do it afterwards.

By the way, be careful if you use Chrome in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, because its support days are numbered.

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