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.