Instant Extended API Removed from Flags
Thanks all for your feedback on the removal of Instant Extended API.
The Chrome://flags page differs from other Chrome settings in that they are meant for developers and are not official or a supported part of Chrome. As stated at the top of the Flags page, “these experimental features may change, break, or disappear at any time. We make absolutely no guarantees about what may happen if you turn one of these experiments on, and your browser may even spontaneously combust.” Because we are constantly adding and removing these flags, you shouldn’t rely on them. They can also contain serious security and usability risks.
In the case of Instant Extended API, this is based on old code, which is not included in our most recent update. If an interface or option is going to be supported, it will have controls in the normal settings page. There are many extensions that can offer similar solutions to Flags, so please check in the Chrome Web store for alternatives.
We hear you and realize that some of you were using the Instant Extended API flag for unique use cases after the new tab page (NTP) was introduced in the fall of 2013. Unfortunately, as many of you know, flags are experimental features that may change, break, or disappear at any time. We believe that such use cases are better supported through extensions, whereas flags are intended for developer use. Knowing that customizations are what draw many of you to Chrome, we have a library of extensions (including NTP alternatives) in the Chrome Web Store.
As we’ve heard from you here there are some aspects of Chrome that are particularly important to you. Chrome is an open source product, and we offer a Beta and Canary version, where features are released first, and iterated on. These are good channels to monitor upcoming changes, as well as provide ongoing feedback.
Given this thread clearly has savvy users, could some of you try out and recommend available extensions to the rest of the Chrome community here? Here are a few that have been suggested on this thread so far:
Modern New Tab Page (Includes recently closed tabs option)
Even though I've never had Mozilla yet, I'm definitely going to try it now. Extremely disappointed in Google.
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