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Changes to Chrome OS’s release cycle

June 11th, 2021

We previously announced that Chrome will soon release a new milestone every 4 weeks, starting with Chrome 94 in Q3 of 2021. We’re excited to also share our plans today for adjusting the Chrome OS release schedule. To deliver new features more rapidly to consumers while also continuing to prioritize the key pillars of Chrome…

Chrome 92: Web Apps as File Handlers, New JavaScript Features, and More

June 3rd, 2021

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 92 is beta as of June 3, 2021 File Handling API Now that web apps…

Chrome is up to 23 percent faster in M91 and saves over 17 years of CPU time daily

May 27th, 2021

Since the launch of Chrome in 2008, speed has been one of the 4 core principles that shape the work we do to deliver a highly performant browser. The V8 JavaScript compiler is a critical part of delivering maximum speed for the JavaScript that’s shipped on practically every web page. In our next post in…

An experiment in helping users and web publishers create deeper connections on Chrome

May 19th, 2021

Today, people have many ways to keep up with their favorite websites, including subscribing to mailing lists, notifications and RSS. It’s a lot for any one person to manage, so we’re exploring how to simplify the experience of getting the latest and greatest from your favorite sites directly in Chrome, building on the open RSS…

Dropping support for Internet Explorer 11

May 19th, 2021

Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) was released over 7 years ago and is currently used by less than 1% of all users on the Internet with usage rapidly declining. A large majority of popular websites have already stopped supporting IE11 (including Microsoft Teams in 2020), and even the Microsoft 365 apps and services will be dropping…

DevTools for CSS layouts 2021 edition

May 13th, 2021

Chen Hui Jing covers some recent movement in DevTools: Firefox’s grid inspector was pretty full-featured from the get-to and released together with CSS grid in Firefox 52. It was constantly improved upon since. Chrome added a basic grid inspector tool in Chrome 62 that let developers highlight elements using grid layout, but more robust features were only added in…

Adjusted timeline for SharedArrayBuffers

May 10th, 2021

Back in February, we announced that cross-origin isolation will be required on all platforms in order to access APIs like SharedArrayBuffer and performance.measureUserAgentSpecificMemory() starting in Chrome 91. Based on your feedback and issues reported, we’ve decided to adjust the timeline for SharedArrayBuffer usage in none cross-origin isolated sites to be restricted in Chrome 92. Your…

Progress Delayed Is Progress Denied

May 5th, 2021

The bombshell article of the week is from Alex Russell of Google/Chrome. Alex has long been super critical of Apple, particularly about how there is literally no option to run any other browser than Safari on iOS. This article isn’t just fist-waving about that, but a dissertation accusing Apple of real harm to the web…

Chrome 91: Handwriting Recognition, WebXR Plane Detection and More

April 22nd, 2021

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 91 is beta as of April 22, 2021. Origin Trials This version of Chrome introduces…

Efficient And Safe Allocations Everywhere!

April 12th, 2021

In our constant work to improve performance, our engineers sometimes have to seek optimizations in places that most software developers don’t venture. In this post in our series, The Fast and The Curious, a team of senior engineers showed how they approached replacing the system-level memory allocator with an optimized version, yielding significant memory savings…