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Technology Google 'pauses' Chrome updates because of coronavirus disruptions

20:30  18 march  2020
20:30  18 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Google resumes Chrome updates on a modified schedule

  Google resumes Chrome updates on a modified schedule Google is ready to restore some semblance of normalcy to its browser release strategy after pausing Chrome updates to adjust to the work-from-home realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is resuming releases for Chrome and Chrome OS on an altered schedule. Security fixes and other crucial patches will come back to Stable releases next week, with Chrome 81 arriving the week of April 7th. Google is still skipping Chrome 82, but Chrome 83 is now due to arrive three weeks earlier than planned, in mid-May -- it'll include all the work from version 82.

Google decided to delay updates to its Chrome web browser because of the new coronavirus pandemic, the company said Wednesday.

a close up of a black keyboard: Google is © Provided by CNET Google is "pausing" Chrome updates because of the new coronavirus. Stephen Shankland/CNET

"Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases," the Chrome team said in a blog post. Google will continue to offer security updates to the current Chrome, version 80, Google added.

The novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 infection it causes have hammered businesses, especially those that rely on shipping, factories and other real-world resources affected by lockdowns to slow the virus' spread. But Google's announcement shows how even people who just deal with computers for a living are being affected, too. Closed schools, telecommuting and other factors can affect people whose jobs are already mostly virtual.

Chrome: Google pauses publication of new main versions - Update: Chrome 82 is no longer available

 Chrome: Google pauses publication of new main versions - Update: Chrome 82 is no longer available © Provided by Martin Geuss (Blog Dr. Windows) Google Chrome Actually, the next main version of Google's own browser would have appeared yesterday with Chrome 81.0, instead it got the current version is only a security update. Due to the current situation around the corona virus, the developers have decided not to publish any major updates until further notice and to restrict maintenance to the current Chrome 80.0 with security updates until the general situation improves again.

a close up of a keyboard: Google is © Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google is "pausing" Chrome updates because of the new coronavirus.

Chrome is the most widely used browser, accounting for 64 percent of web browsing activity, according to analytics firm StatCounter. Google typically releases new versions every six weeks, fixing bugs and introducing new features to try to make the web a more powerful foundation for apps.

Slowing its development mostly won't affect ordinary people since Google doesn't plan to pause security updates. But it does have other ripple effects on the tech industry since so many other browsers rely on Chromium, Google's open-source software foundation to Chrome.

Among those other browsers are Microsoft's new Edge, Brave, Samsung Browser, Vivaldi and Opera.

Ever wonder how many Google Chrome tabs a top-of-the-line Mac Pro with 1.5TB of RAM can keep open? .
While some people spend upwards of $6,000 on a brand new Mac Pro because they work in high-end video production, others have more ambitious ideas when it comes to pushing Apple's top of the line Mac to the limit. Recently, Jonathan Morrison decided to see just how many tabs he could open on Google Chrome before his computer went haywire. And best of all, he chronicled the entire ordeal on a somewhat fascinating and hilarious Twitter thread. NowNow we’ve all fallen victim to opening up too many tabs in Chrome and having our computer grind to a frustrating halt. But for most people, I’m guessing, the upper limit of their open tabs on Chrome is probably more than 50 but less than 100.

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