Google to Skip Chrome 95 in Move to New Release Cycle

Posted on June 11, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome with 10 Comments

Back in March, Google said that it would move Chrome to a new 4-week release cycle. Today, it explained how and when it will do so.

“To deliver new features more rapidly to consumers while also continuing to prioritize the key pillars of Chrome OS—security, stability, speed, and simplicity—Chrome OS will move to a 4-week stable channel starting with [version 96] in Q4,” Google’s Marina Kazatcker explains. “To bridge the gap between M94 when Chrome moves to a four-week release and M96, Chrome OS will skip [version 95].”

Google expects to ship Chrome version 94 to customers in Q3 2021. And then, starting with version 96, it will deliver new versions of the browser every 4 weeks, compared to the current 6-week cycle. During this time, Google will also introduce a new release channel with a 6-month update cadence for its enterprise and education users. Details about that change are coming soon, Google says.

As you may recall, Microsoft said that it would adopt Chrome’s new release schedule for Edge too. So perhaps Edge will be skipping a version as well.

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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Google to Skip Chrome 95 in Move to New Release Cycle”

  1. Ron Diaz

    Exactly what does skipping 1 number accomplish?

    I guess I’m stupid but I don’t get it…

    • mattbg

      A bit confused here as well, but it sounds like it's being done to synchronize the release numbers of Chrome browser and Chrome OS with Chrome OS both planning to move to a 4-week release cycle, but with OS starting the new cycle later than Chrome browser.

      • mattbg

        To add: the article headline may be wrong, if my understanding is correct. It's Chrome OS that is skipping M95, not Chrome browser (which starts a 4-week cycle sooner).

        • IanYates82

          Yeah, I took it as chrome OS. Which makes the bit at the end about Edge not really applicable.

  2. ebraiter

    I'm sure Google has a strange reason. Could it be any odd than Windows 8.1 to 10 with no 9?

    • M. S. Chan

      Possibility 1) they don't want to casual users to confuse between Windows 9 and Windows 95/98; and 2) some programs use "Windows 9[something]" to detect - and assume - that the OS it is running onis Windows 95/98-ish (pre-XP) OS. I recall someone did a search on GitHub at the time and there are plenty of source code use that type of code for detecting the OS it is running on.

  3. sherlockholmes

    Every month a new browser version? I think Firefox ESR sounds wonderful again .....

  4. hbko

    A browser update every 4 weeks sounds like a good idea but is it really something a regular consumer would like to experience? Browser updates are designed to take place "under the radar" and with minimal impact (users don't even notice sometimes). With such a robust update schedule, it won't be long before people get frustrated unless they clearly see the value of the regular downloads.

    • winner

      It happens transparently so I don't know why it would bother users.

      This is unlike Windows updates.

    • ralfred

      Your browser already updates multiple times a month. Chrome had 3 updates in June alone and we are only half way.