Google today started rolling out a major update to Chrome on Windows. Starting with Chrome 68, Chrome now makes use of the native Windows 10 notifications and the Action Center. The feature was in testing as early as March of this year, and Google has officially started rolling it out to the public today.
The switch to Windows 10’s native notifications will mean that you will now see all the notifications from Chrome, as well as the websites you subscribe to for notifications, right on the Action Center in Windows 10. Chrome previously had its own notifications, which are still present in older versions of Windows, but the native integration should be much more useful (and consistent) to users.
Sign up for our new free newsletter to get three time-saving tips each Friday — and get free copies of Paul Thurrott's Windows 11 and Windows 10 Field Guides (normally $9.99) as a special welcome gift!
"*" indicates required fields
For one, Chrome using Windows 10’s native notifications means you can now apply Windows 10’s custom notification settings to the browser. You can choose to limit the number of notifications that are displayed, as well as their priority in the action center. And secondly, you can avoid getting distracted when you are in Windows 10’s Focus Assist (Quiet Hours) mode.
The feature is rolling it out slowly, with only 50% of users running Chrome 68 having access to it at this point in time — it’s likely you may not have the feature yet, so just be patient as Google rolls it out to more users.