Google Skips Chrome 82, Resumes Stable Releases

Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Google is on track to resume the roll-out of stable Chrome releases next week, but says it will skip one version of the browser.

Last week, the Internet search giant said it was pausing upcoming releases of the browser, following an adjusted work schedule due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and that both Chrome and Chrome OS releases would be affected.

At the time, the company revealed it would focus on the stability and security of releases, and that it would prioritize security updates for Chrome 80.

Now, Google says it is ready to resume pushing releases to the Stable channel as soon as the next week, with security and critical fixes meant for version 80 of the browser.

Moving forth, the company is planning the release of Chrome 81 in early April, but says it would then jump directly to Chrome 83, which is set to arrive in mid-May, thus skipping Chrome 82.

“M83 will be released three weeks earlier than previously planned and will include all M82 work as we cancelled the M82 release (all channels),” Google said.

This week, the company will resume the Canary, Dev and Beta channels, with Chrome 83 moving to Dev.

“We continue to closely monitor that Chrome and Chrome OS are stable, secure, and work reliably. We’ll keep everyone informed of any changes on our schedule,” the Internet giant said.

The company hasn’t shared any details on when Chrome 84 releases would start arriving, but said it would provide the information in a future update.

Following Google’s announcement last week, Microsoft said it would pause stable Edge releases, to align with the Chromium Project. Today, the Redmond-based tech company announced that Edge build 83.0.461.1 was released to the Dev channel.

“As you can see, this is the first update from major version 83.  This is a slight deviation from our normal schedule due to current events,” Microsoft says, adding that version 81 is heading for the Stable channel soon.

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