Google at the moment announced that its Chrome browser is transferring to a sooner launch cycle by transport a brand new milestone each 4 weeks as a substitute of the present six-week cycle (with a bi-weekly safety patch). That’s one method to hasten the singularity, I assume, but it surely’s price noting that Mozilla additionally moved to a four-week cycle for Firefox last year.
“As we’ve improved our testing and launch processes for Chrome, and deployed bi-weekly safety updates to enhance our patch gap, it turned clear that we might shorten our launch cycle and ship new options extra shortly,” the Chrome staff explains in at the moment’s announcement.
Google, nonetheless, additionally acknowledges that not everyone needs to maneuver this shortly — particularly within the enterprise. For these customers, Google is including a brand new Prolonged Secure choice with updates that come each eight weeks. This function shall be accessible to enterprise admins and Chromium embedders. They’ll nonetheless get safety updates on a bi-weekly schedule, however Google notes that “these updates gained’t comprise new options or all safety fixes that the four week choice will obtain.”
The brand new four-week cycle will begin with Chrome 94 in Q3 2021, and at this sooner fee, we’ll see Chrome 100 launch into the steady channel by March 29, 2022. I count on there shall be cake.