Chrome 13’s ‘Instant Pages’ Knows Which Links You’ll Click | Webmonkey | Wired.com

Google has released a new stable version of its Chrome web browser, adding a new feature, “Instant Pages.” Instant Pages attempts to speed up Google searches by rendering pages in the background, before you even click a link. Google claims that Chrome 13’s Instant Pages feature saves between 2 and 5 seconds every time you search.

The new Instant Pages feature in Chrome 13 is similar to a feature Firefox has long offered — prefetching. Essentially prefetching means that Firefox will load a page slightly ahead of time. But where prefetching only grabs the HTML code, the new pre-rendering in Chrome 13 loads the entire page, including images, css files and JavaScript.

This is a trend: foreseeing what is coming next, first online and then offline in the future. This is a very good thing for ecological research!

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