Through YouTube videos, tweets and blog posts, Google came announcing for this March 18 the new edition of its Chrome browser, v81.
However, nothing happened. The reason? The spread of COVID-19, which has forced the computer giant to establish tight working hours.
We are pausing the next versions of Chrome and Chrome OS, the company based in Mountain View, California excused itself, of course without mentioning the coronavirus.
Our main goals are to ensure that they remain stable, secure and function reliably for anyone who depends on them, he added on his own blog.
Finally, it was limited to informing that we will continue to prioritize security-related updates, which will be included in Chrome 80.
While investigating the reasons, Google employees whose identities were not disclosed acknowledged the cancellation of the launch to ZDNet.
In this regard, they explained that the presentation had been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak and the availability of some engineers, in case of errors or other related problems.
For now, Google plans to release all Chrome 81 security updates as a minor version of Chrome 80, and pause any other major stable deployments, waiting for things to return to normal, the outlet noted.
ZDNet rated the measure understandable, given that Chrome is one of the most widely used software in the world and the slightest error can cause problems for thousands of users and organizations.
By the way, he recalled an episode from the end of 2019, when what he cataloged as a Google Chrome experiment ended up blocking thousands of networks for about 48 hours.
The problem first appeared on Wednesday, November 13. It didn't affect all Chrome users, but only browsers running on Windows Server terminal server configurations, a very common configuration on business networks, he explained.
In hundreds of reports, users said Chrome's tabs suddenly turned white, in what's called a white screen of death (WSOD) error, he added.
The problem caused an undetermined number of employees to be unable to use Chrome to access the internet. In many cases, there was no option to change browsers, so productive activity was interrupted.