For reasons that we’re all familiar with, a lot of tech companies around the world are deciding to slow down their work, or even cancel it. Drastic times require drastic measures, and we can all hope that things will become better overall soon. Google now issued a warning to its Chrome users that it was forced to scrap the next major release of its browser entirely.
Google’s Chrome is among the most popular web browsers out there, with over 1 billion users. Therefore, all of them are forced to cope with the harsh situation that the new coronavirus outbreak is causing. Jason Kersey, who is Google’s director of technical program management, explained further:
As we adapt our future milestone schedules to the current change in schedule, we have decided to skip the M82 release to ensure we keep users safe and focus all efforts on maintaining stability,
M82 is the codename for Chrome 82, and it would have been a significant component for the next big upgrade of the Chrome browser.
The goal is to skip to Chrome 83 (M83)
According to the same Jason Kersey, several surprising things are on Google’s plans:
- To abandon current M82 branches, remove the infra support, and stop the testing or merges to the branches
- Not pushing any new M82 releases to Dev, and stopping stabilization for Beta
- To move Dev channel to M83 as soon as possible
- Keeping the Beta channel on M81 until M83 is ready for promotion
Regardless of what upgrades Google will bring in the near future for Chrome, the browser remains on top when it comes to popularity and doesn’t show any signs that it wants to stop. As for 2019, Chrome was the most used browser with a staggering percentage of 63.80%, followed by Safari with only 19.70%, and Samsung Internet and UC with under 7% each.