Last week, Google announced that browser releases are paused due to the corona virus. The company now has a revised update schedule. The next major version of Chrome and Chrome OS will be available in two weeks.
Google will continue to release Chrome 80 updates that include “Security and Major Fixes” for all platforms. An update will be released next week. Version 81, which was expected on March 17th, will be released in the week of April 7th. It will introduce the Groups tab on a larger scale and modernize check boxes, drop-downs and other form user interfaces to improve the touch and accessibility.
The company canceled Chrome 82, as described earlier this week, and is moving all development to Chrome 83. This stable version is now being postponed for three weeks to mid-May. Chrome OS updates follow a week after desktop and mobile.
Canary, Dev and Beta channels will go online again this week. Version 83 changes to Dev and 81
In addition to these two releases, Google will “release a future update at the time of the M84 branch and releases”. The delay that Microsoft Edge is following is due to the fact that users – now more than ever because of remote work and training – have a stable version of the browser that works reliably. Due to the fast six-week update cadence, the teams also have to adjust internally to work from home.
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