Google to Speed up Chrome’s Release Cycle to 4 Weeks

Google, the tech giant has recently announced to lessen the release cycle of Chrome updates to 4 weeks from the ongoing 6-week period. The tech behemoth made this decision to enhance the security, speed, and durability. Chrome has released a new update every 6 weeks for over a decade.

On Thursday, the company issued a statement that reads, ‘As we have improved our testing and release processes for Chrome, and deployed bi-weekly security updates to improve our patch gap, it became clear that we could shorten our release cycle and deliver new features more quickly.’

Google to Speed up Chrome's Release Cycle to 4 Weeks
Google to Speed up Chrome’s Release Cycle to 4 Weeks

Currently, Chrome is gearing up to release a new milestone or update every 4 weeks, starting with Chrome 94 in the 3rd quarter of 2021. At this high-speed rate, Google is said to launch Chrome 100 into the stable channel by 29th March 2022. In addition to this, Google will augment a new ‘Extended Stable’ option with milestone updates every 8 weeks. 

The Extended Stable option will be provided to enterprise administrators and Chromium embedders who require extra time to handle updates. The popular technology company, Google further said, ‘Security updates on Extended Stable will be released every two weeks to fix important issues, but those updates won’t contain new features or all security fixes that the 4-week option will receive.’ 

The company also plans to support various stable release options for users on Chrome OS. Google said, ‘We’ll have more to share with Chrome OS administrators in the coming months about the choices you’ll have for milestone updates to your managed devices.’

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