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


Chrome continues to dominate the browser market, leaving rivals to swallow their pride and scramble for the leavings.

Now with nearly 69% of the world’s browser user share – a measure of browser activity calculated monthly by analytics vendor Net Applications – Google’s Chrome has no peer. Rivals like Mozilla’s Firefox fight over scraps while Microsoft has tossed in the towel and adopted Google’s Chromium technology to remain competitive.

It’s no surprise that when Chrome speaks, everyone listens, whether about each browser upgrade – something Computerworld tracks in the What’s in the latest Chrome update? series – or about Google’s plans for the 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’ve collected the most important for this “Coming soon” round-up. Just remember that nothing is guaranteed. As Google pointedly notes, “The items listed below are experimental or planned updates. They might be changed, delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel.”

Chrome 79: Password, please!

“We will notify users if their credentials are part of a known data breach,” Google said, pegging the feature’s introduction to the Dec. 10 upgrade. (Around the release of Chrome 77 – back in September – Google had projected a launch in Chrome 78, which debuted this week. Later, word came that it had been postponed to v. 79.)

Details are still on the lighter side. Unlike Mozilla, which added a similar feature to Firefox 70 – also released Oct. 22 – Google has not publicly detailed this yet.



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