The latest Google Chrome update on the stable release channel reached version 26, with the most important change it brings being the improved spell-checker.
Namely, the “Ask Google for suggestions” feature has been significantly improved, as it now offers spelling suggestions, whether we’re talking grammar, proper nouns (if you can’t write a band name correctly, Google is there to help you), homonyms, and more.
I don’t know whether we should all be happy that, since this works in most text boxes, we’ll see less bad spelling in emails or on social networks, or this will only assist those who don’t bother to learn to spell anyway?
Chrome’s spell-checker uses the same technology that powers Google Search. If you’re not comfortable with Chrome sending everything you type to a Google server for correction, you should probably disable the feature. Anyway, you’ll be notified of the “Ask Google for suggestions” feature and you’ll be able to activate it, if you haven’t already.
The new version of Chrome also includes dictionary support for three more languages – Korean, Tamil, and Albanian, while users that add custom words to dictionaries can sync those words across their devices.
It also possible to add desktop shortcuts to different profiles in Windows, which can be very useful on shared computers, and an asynchronous DNS resolver is now available on Mac and Linux.
Speaking of the Mac version, the new spell-checking features are going to roll out “in the coming weeks” on Chrome for OS X, while users of the Windows, Linux and Chrome OS (which is not merging with Android) versions are getting it now.
The Chrome team has also included a list of bug fixes – find it on the Chrome Releases page below.
What do you think of the improvements to the spell-checking feature? Will it bring better spelling to text on the internet everywhere?