The cover was yanked off the stable version of Chrome 15 today, as Google updated its New Tab page to emphasize Web apps and customizations along with Most Visited sites. Google Chrome 15 stable for Windows (download), Mac (download), Linux (download), and Chrome Frame also made several serious security improvements. However, the ability to synchronize your Omnibox history remains relegated to the less-stable Chrome beta and developer’s channels.
The intuitive New Tab page allows you to create custom categories by dragging and dropping apps and bookmarks, and includes navigation arrows on the left and right edges of the page that become more visible on mouse-over.
The New Tab redo launch coincides with a redesign of the Chrome Web Store, Google’s clearinghouse for its Web apps. The new look to the Web Store emphasizes a more graphical look, including app-related video, screenshots, and reviews that are linked to the Google+ account of the reviewer. Along with the killing of Buzz, Google hopes the move will help focus people on the interactivity of Google’s Web services.