Google hits pause on Chrome and Chrome OS releases

  • Google hits pause on Chrome and Chrome OS releases

Google hits pause on Chrome and Chrome OS releases

Google is putting its usual Chrome release schedule on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a tweet from earlier today on the Chrome Developers Twitter account, users are encouraged to monitor the Chrome Releases Blog for new developments and any new info regarding upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases.

It's no surprise anymore that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a huge impact on almost everything.

Google cites "adjusted work schedules" as the culprit for the delay in rolling out Chrome updates, which essentially translates to "coronavirus". Rather than put out a potentially buggy Chrome 81, the company has made a decision to stick with the more stable Chrome 80 for now.

However, Google does emphasize that it will still prioritize updates to the current versions of Chrome and Chrome OS, including security patches for both systems.

While updates often bring useful new features, they can also introduce new bugs into software which is why Google's decision to halt Chrome and Chrome OS updates makes a great deal of sense. Chrome version 81 is currently in beta testing and will likely remain in this channel for now.

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