Google Releases Chrome 96 With Back-Forward Cache Enabled For The Desktop

Written by Michael Larabel in Google on 15 November 2021 at 08:33 AM EST. 13 Comments
Google has released Chrome 96 a day early as the latest routine update to their cross-platform web browser.

Coming with Chrome 96 is an assortment of mostly minor developer feature additions, some user improvements like the back-forward cache for the desktop, and fixes along with never-ending security work. Some of the Chrome 96 highlights include:

- An automatic HTTP to HTTPS redirect for HTTPS DNS records.

- A back-forward cache has been enabled for the desktop. This allows for quicker navigation to previously-visited webpages.

- Copying PNGs to the clipboard will now preserve PNG metadata rather than stripping it.

- CSS media queries adds the "prefers-contrast" feature for when there is an operating system preference around the high contrast mode on macOS or Windows.

- CSS support for calc(number) in areas where only integer input is supported.

- Support for WebAssembly to hold references to JavaScript and DOM objects and for passing them as arguments.

More details on Chrome 96 via the release blog and

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