Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chrome Java 7 issue - Mac OS X

Google is yet to release update for its web browser, Chrome so that it could support Java 7 in 64 bit environment.

Today Google release a minor update to its Chrome browser, version 23.0.1271.91 that addresses the following issues:

Version 23.0.1271.97:

  • Some texts in a Website Settings popup are trimmed (Issue: 159156)
  • Some plugins stopped working (Issue: 159896)
  • Fixed a known crash (Issue:161854)

We are yet to hear of any updates that address the Java 7 issue on Mac OS X. Meanwhile, websites and we apps that need Java, like various banking and e-commerce websites could be accessed through other browsers such as Firefox and Safari.

If you attempt to check Java version installed on your chrome browser through THIS LINK, gives error

Technical reason behind this incompatibility is that, Java 7 requires a 64 bit environment to function, however Chrome is a 32-bit browser, while on Chromium developer website there are news of projects for developing Chrome in 64-bit mode, these yet seem to be a far off thing, more details relating to that can be seen HERE