Fast forward: What’s coming in future versions of Chrome?

Fast forward: What’s coming in future versions of Chrome?


Chrome gets fat while every other browser starves.

Now with more than two-thirds of the world’s browser user share – a measure of browser activity calculated monthly by metric vendor Net Applications – Google’s Chrome has no peer in popularity. Its rivals are barely worth the name, with Microsoft’s Edge so feeble that its maker decided to replace its internals with the same technology that powers Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox trying to hang on to just 10%.

Not surprisingly, when Chrome speaks, everyone listens, whether about each browser upgrade – something Computerworld tracks in the What’s in the latest Chrome update? series – and in what it plans to do in the near future.

Every Chrome upgrade is accompanied by release notes aimed at enterprises that highlight some of the upcoming additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications planned for the browser. We collected the most important for this “Coming soon” round-up. Just remember that nothing is guaranteed; Google points notes: “((These features)) might be changed, delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel.”

Chrome 76: An end to opt-out of site isolation

Unveiled in late 2017 within Chrome 63, Site Isolation is a defensive technology that segregates pages from different sites into different processes. Each process runs in a “sandbox” that restricts what the process can do, all part of a scheme to isolate malware from the browser as a whole and a device’s over-arching OS.

Site Isolation was enabled in stages until by mid-2018 it was enabled for virtually all Chrome users. At that point, only managed devices were able to opt-out. “((But)) starting with Chrome 76, we will remove the ability to opt out of site isolation on desktop using the SitePerProcess or IsolateOrigins policies,” Google said.

The end to opting out was to occur with Chrome 75, but was postponed to version 76, the upgrade scheduled to ship July 30. Google did not offer an explanation for the delay.

Chrome 76: Flash to be blocked by default

Two years ago, Adobe announced that it would finally bury Flash Player – the app that, in many ways, made the web – at the end of 2020. Browser makers like Google then explained how they would end their support for Flash.



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