Google resumes Chrome and Chrome OS releases with an updated schedule

Ruben Fields
March 29, 2020

We will share a future update on the timing of the M84 branch and releases.

Additionally, Chrome 82 was also anticipated to remove support for the Google Web Store extension and any Google Chrome App downloads.

It was just one short week ago when Google announced it would pause all Google Chrome and Chrome OS updates due to the global rise of COVID-19.

These releases will now happen three weeks earlier than the original schedule because Google canceled Milestone 82.

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At the same time, Google has made a decision to cancel Chrome 82 altogether, so after version 81, the company will skip directly to Chrome 83. Milestone 83 is heading into Dev and Milestone 81 is heading to Beta. Chrome 81 will continue to be a beta, while Chrome 83 will move to the Dev channel.

It seems likely that Microsoft's new Edge development team will follow Google's schedule closely.

Google's Stable channel will kick off next week with the release of added security features and critical fixes in M80. Per the new adjusted schedule, Chrome 83 is now expected to be released somewhere in mid-May. "As we adapt our future milestone schedules to the current change in schedule, we have chose to skip the M82 release to ensure we keep users safe and focus all efforts on maintaining stability", reads the blog post.

"We'll continue to prioritize any updates related to security, which will be included in Chrome 80", Google said.

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