Google is changing chrome release cycle from 6 weeks to 4 weeks now

Google is changing the chrome release cycle from every 6 weeks to every 4 week to have it updated more often and more secure.

Google Chrome Release Cycle

Google is currently working on changing the release cycle of Chrome to have it updated every 4 weeks than the earlier chrome release cycle of every 6 weeks.

The company announced this news on their official blog where they wrote about Speeding up Chrome release cycle.

Earlier chrome was shipped with a new milestone every 6 weeks but now chrome would be updated with the new milestone every 4 weeks to make the browser more reliable, secure, stable and speedy.

Google to speed up Chrome Release Cycle

Starting with Chrome 94 in the 3rd quarter of 2021, Google Chrome is all planned to shift to a 4 week release cycle where a new release would be made available to the public.

It’s been more than a decade for google chrome to launch and this is the first time Google is speeding up the chrome release cycle. This puts Google chrome in the queue with Mozilla Firefox that also has a monthly update frequency from last year.

Official Words from Chrome Dev Team

“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.”

These were the sentence published on the Chrome blog. So now, apart from bi-weekly security updated to improve the security of the chrome browser, it will also be getting a new release very 4 weeks.

Extended Stable Option

For enterprise administrators and chromium embedders, there would also be a new ‘Extended Stable Option’ for managing the updates with a new milestone update every 8 weeks.

Meanwhile the security updates for the extended stable option would just be the same as regular one with bi-weekly security updates to fix important issues but there’s a catch that those security updates won’t have all the security fixes and features as that of the normal 4 week milestone releases.

For Chrome OS

They clarified on the announcement that they’re also planning to support multiple stable releases for Chrome OS as well.

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