Google has concentrated on bringing efficiency and improve memory management with the last few updates, and now it is concentrating on fixing some generic pain points.
Google Chrome 64 is now on beta. This version that is now in beta channel brings better pop-up blocker, sitewide audio muting, and overall new features including the ones found on Chrome OS. These features will improve the overall browsing experience. After few weeks of testing, it is expected to be officially released for public. But it could be some much-needed relief from those sites you love to visit but hate to watch videos on. Click it to see the drop-down menu. Here you can select "Always allow on this site" or "Always block on this site". There is a pull-down menu to the right of it that allows you to "Block" sound on whichever site you are now visiting. To turn it off, click the arrow next to the text that says "Allow (default)". While I think their thought is that when the video starts playing I'll somehow be drawn in by their captivating host and majestic background music, the result is often me getting frightened by the sudden blast of sound, fumbling around to figure out how to stop the video, and then cursing the site creator and vowing to never come to their site again.
The option to mute a website is in the permissions bar. Apparently, most Chrome users complained that some sites include links to third-party websites disguised as play buttons.
The absence of such a feature is probably intentional.
The headline features packed with Chrome 64 Beta are aplenty, but everything adheres to Google's promise of safer and better internet experience, courtesy of the company's free Chrome download. For example, Google announced before that a video could not be auto-played unless it is muted or no sound on the clip. Some sites will even autoplay content after a period of time even though you may have paused or otherwise closed out the video when you first arrived.