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By Abhay V
Google will skip the release of Chrome OS 95 to adjust to the new four-week release schedule
by Abhay Venkatesh
Earlier this year, Google announced that it was moving to a four-week release cycle for Chrome, shortening the duration between releases for consumers. The change is slated to be made with Chrome version 94. Today, the company announced its plans for Chrome OS and the release schedule changes coming to it.
The company says that it will be moving Chrome OS to the four-week release cycle starting with version 96, which is expected to make it to users sometime in late November. Chrome version 94, on the other hand, is expected to roll out in the stable channel in the third week of September, with the corresponding Chrome OS version slated to release in the week of October 14. Keeping in mind these schedules, the search giant says that it will be skipping Chrome OS version 95 completely to “bridge the gap” between version 94 and 96.
The firm also revealed that it will be introducing a new six-month update cadence for enterprise and educations users of the OS. This is likely aimed at focusing more on stability and security, and less on feature additions. The firm, however, has not provided much information in this regard. A similar eight-week Extended stable option is also planned for the browser.
Google’s Marina Kazatcker adds:
Google Chrome 91.0.4472.101 (offline installer)
by Razvan Serea
The web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend much of your time online inside a browser: when you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite Web apps straight from your desktop. Chrome has many useful features built in, including automatic full-page translation and access to thousands of apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store.
Google Chrome is one of the best solutions for Internet browsing giving you high level of security, speed and great features.
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By Abhay V
Windows 10 build 21390.1000 heads to Dev channel users, no major builds likely till June 24
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21390.1000 to users in the Dev channel. Unsurprisingly, the update is a minor one with no new features, as it is aimed at testing the servicing pipeline. The company has been releasing such minor updates after a major build release and says that it might continue to do so for the next few weeks.
Of course, with a Windows event slated to take place on June 24, the company might want to reserve any major updates till the "next generation of Windows" is unveiled at the event. The company adds that it aims to serve more cumulative updates to build 21390 to Dev channel users, which will be immensely helpful to test out the servicing pipeline - or in other words -, its ability to send out updates.
The next major update to Windows 10 - which might be called Windows 11 - is expected to bring a major overhaul to the UI of the OS, and a number of improvements to the store. Going by the firm's development schedule, the under-the-hood bits for the major update might already be in the Dev channel builds, with just the features awaited to be introduced likely with a feature experience pack. It is anybody's guess how and when the Redmond giant will bring the new "Windows 11" bits to Insiders, and if there are any other surprises in store.
As usual, Insiders can check for updates through Windows Update to install this build. The firm does add that the cumulative update does not add any known issues or fix any of the ones introduced with build 21390.
By Usama Jawad96
Chrome will scan risky files on demand, tell you which extensions are reliable
by Usama Jawad
Chrome 91 launched a few days ago headlined by enhancements such as an improved File System Access API and support for the automatic transfer of one-time passwords (OTP) from SMS to cross-origin iframes on the web.
It appears that the browser is set to receive more security enhancements, particularly around the Enhanced Safe Browsing experience.
For those unaware, Enhanced Safe Browsing was launched in May 2020 and is an opt-in feature that sends webpages to Google Safe Browsing to proactively check if they're safe. If you're signed into Chrome, this protection also extends to other Google services through your Google Account.
With Chrome 91, Google will be rolling out more improvements to Google Safe Browsing. The first planned enhancement has to do with Chrome extensions. When you download a new extension, you will get a new dialog box which will tell you whether the extension comes from a trusted developer or not. If it's not in Google's list of trusted extensions, the warning will say "Proceed with caution - This extension is not trusted by Enhanced Safe Browsing", and users will have the option to either pay heed to the warning or dismiss it and continue with the install.
Google says that extensions which follow the Chrome Web Store Developer Program Policies are already trusted. Meanwhile, new developers will have to follow guidelines for at least a few months before they are considered to be reliable. Based on this criteria, 75% of extensions on the Chrome Web Store are considered to be trusted already, and this number will obviously grow as new developers continue to obey Google's guidelines.
The other improvement to Chrome revolves around the download experience. Although the browser already scans the metadata of a download and informs you if it appears to be unsafe, users will now have the ability to send a seemingly malicious file to Google Safe Browsing for a more detailed analysis. This will take a short time and the file will be deleted from Google's repository after scanning is complete and the end-user has taken a decision. Alternatively, users can also choose to bypass this system altogether.
This feature was already made available to the Advanced Protection Program (APP) in September 2020. APP is designed to secure accounts of high-risk individuals such as journalists, business executives, activists and people involved in electoral processes. While the service is free to use, people who enroll in the program may have to pay a fee to procure a security key. As such, it is good to see that Google is rolling out the capabilities to the general public as well.
Although Google has not clarified when both of these enhancements will be available, its wording suggests that rollout will happen soon and in a staggered manner.
By Abhay V
Google might consider adding the option to disable tab hover cards in Chrome
by Abhay Venkatesh
Google has been working on tab previews for Chrome a while now, with the first hints of the feature showing up early in 2019. The company has included hidden flags for the feature that allows users to either enable just hover cards with information or a preview image of the website as well – akin to what was present in legacy Edge. The firm introduced tab hover cards as the default behavior for the hover action on tabs with Chrome 91 that released last week.
However, it removed the ability to disable the tab hover card feature by getting rid of the flag in chrome://flags with version 91, allowing users to only enable or disable the hover card images. While the change is minor and might even be overlooked, feedback from some users has been negative, as they can no longer enable the legacy tooltips for tabs. Other posts from users on the Chromium bug tracker suggest that the lack of traditional tooltips is also an accessibility pain point. To address this, the firm might be looking to add a setting to Chrome that will allow users to toggle between tooltips and tab hover cards.
A new commit to the Chromium Gerrit (spotted by Reddit users Leopeva64-2) contains code that refers to a toggle button for tab hover cards, which can be disabled to return to the “legacy tab tooltip”. However, the commit does not guarantee that such a setting will be included in Chrome, since there is pushback from other owners, arguing against adding preference settings that impact the behavior of the browser’s features and calling for the improvement of the feature itself. The individual also links to a Core Principles document that advocates against hidden preferences.
It will be interesting to see if the firm introduces a setting for disabling the feature, or if it will address concerns and feedback by tweaking the UI itself.