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Fast forward: What’s next for future Chrome updates?

Fast forward: What's next for future Chrome updates?

Each time Google updates its browser, it publishes release notes for companies to highlight future additions, replacements, enhancements, and changes. Here’s a brief look at what’s to come.

When Chrome changes, people are paying attention, not only because Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, but also because its core technologies and the decisions made to create these technologies lead a number of rivals, especially Microsoft Edge.

Each Chrome update comes with company-focused release notes that highlight some of the additions, deletions, enhancements, and changes planned for the future. We have compiled the most important for this update from the most recent summary.

Nothing is guaranteed, as Google itself says: «They can be changed, delayed or canceled before launching on the stable channel.» But these ongoing notes are the best source of forecast available.

Chrome 94: Switch to faster versions

Google’s new four-week launch schedule for Chrome starts with v. 94, which will be released on September 21st. Since then, Google will release a Chrome update every four weeks, with the exception of the holiday season.

Chrome 94 also starts the clock on the extended stable launch channel, which will be updated every eight weeks, giving the IT administrators of the enterprise that manages (through group policy) the option of a slower pace. Commercial customers who adopt Extended Stable will run version 94 for eight weeks, when it will be replaced by v. 96 on November 16th. In the meantime, security-only updates will be released every two weeks for Extended Stable versions.

Chrome 94: Hubba Hubba

A new content sharing feature that Google calls a sharing hub will debut in Chrome 94 (instead of Chrome 93, where it was supposed to appear).

The center, which is actually a menu, can be opened by clicking a new icon in the address bar. During testing, the icon, a cursor pointing to the right, is to the right of the address bar. The menu will provide users with a wide range of functions to share the current page, including sharing with applications such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more; create a QR code for the page URL. and send the page to any already set destination, such as a smart TV or other device.

Chrome users can press the fast forward button and start using the sharing center right away by setting an option on the experimental features page that is accessed after entering the chrome: // flags in the address bar. Find the «Desktop Sharing Hub in Multi-Purpose Box» item, set the drop-down menu on the right to «On,» and restart your browser.

Enterprise IT can control this functionality with the DesktopSharingHubEnabled Group Policy.

Chrome 94: settings are self-organizing

Starting with version 94, Google will replace the existing long settings panel, which opens by clicking the main menu, the three vertical dots on the far right of the Chrome frame, and then selecting Settings, with a page consisting of various sections. Google said the change should lead to better navigability of browser options.

As with most Chrome changes or enhancements, Google will gradually introduce the new Settings panel, starting with a subsection of the user base and then expanding the distribution to multiple copies. No one is likely to see the setting change in Chrome 94.

Chrome 94: Make HTTPS great again!

Chrome by default involves loading pages over HTTPS (instead of the standard and less secure HTTP protocol), assuming the destination has an HTTPS protected page. But Chrome 94 will take HTTPS support a step further with what Google calls «HTTPS-First» mode.

If HTTPS-First is enabled, it will be disabled by default, Chrome will try to update all page uploads to HTTPS, and if it fails, will display a full-screen warning before allowing a click on the HTTP destination. Therefore, HTTPS-First is a more aggressive version of what Chrome now offers: subject each page to HTPP-or-HTTPS verification and issue an alert for non-compliant destinations.

Google said a group policy will be available for IT IT to disable HTTPS-First mode.

Chrome 95: Chrome apps to die for, actually this time … seriously

Google has been planning to shut down Chrome apps for years, and with v. 95, the company is literally shutting down: Chrome apps will «stop working.»

Chrome 95 will be released on October 19.

(The Chrome 95 limit was later than the one specified by an adjustment for 2020 in June 2021. The change in last year’s deadline was probably due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the initial deadline was in 2018, which is why Google has been working on this for some time).

Companies will be able to extend support for Chrome apps until June 2022, the previously announced date, using a group policy.