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Laurie Clarke


Coronavirus disruption means Google to abandon Chrome 82

Coronavirus has hit Google’s release schedule – prompting it to abandon Chrome 82 and skip straight to Chrome 83 instead. 

Google announced last week that a disrupted employee work schedule due to coronavirus meant the company would be pausing releases of new milestone versions of the Chrome browser.

Jason Kersey, the director of technical program management at Google made this announcement in a post to the “Chromium Schedule Update” topic in the Chromium-dev discussion group on 21 March. 

He wrote that as a result of global pandemic, Google Chrome 81 will remain in the Beta until it is released on the Stable branch, Chrome 82 will be abandoned, and Chrome 83 will be moved to the development branch.

Google has not officially announced when it will start releasing new versions of the browser.