Last week, Google announced that it is pausing browser releases against the backdrop of coronavirus. The company now has a revised update schedule, with the next major version of Chrome and Chrome OS coming in two weeks.
Google will continue to release Chrome 80 updates that include “security and critical fixes” for all platforms, with an update coming next week. Version 81 – which was expected March 17 – arrives this week on April 7. It will see the wider launch of Tab groups and modernize check boxes, dropdowns and other UI forms for improved touch and accessibility.
The company discontinued Chrome 82, described earlier this week, and is moving all development to Chrome 83. The stable release is now being moved up by three weeks to mid-May. Chrome OS updates follow one week after desktop and mobile.
Canary, Dev and Beta channels will be back online this week, with version 83 moving to Dev and 81
In addition to these two releases, Google will “share a future update on the timing of the M84 branch and emissions.” The delay, which Microsoft Edge also follows, is a result of users – now more than ever due to remote work and education – having a stable version of the browser that works reliably. Teams in-house must also adapt to work from home given the fast six-week update.
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