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Corona Virus Pushes Back The ‘Stable’ Edge Release

Although the stability release, Edge 81, has been pushed back, security and stability updates to Microsoft Edge 80 will continue

Microsoft have just pushed back the release of their ‘stable’ Microsoft Edge 81 browser due to the worldwide pandemic, Corona Virus.

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In light of current global circumstances, the Microsoft Edge team is pausing updates to the Stable channel for Microsoft Edge. This means that Microsoft Edge 81 will not be promoted to Stable until we resume these updates

Microsoft Spokesperson

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It’s thought Microsoft hopes the delay will prevent extra pressure being placed on DevOps teams, developers, system admins and other IT staff around the globe, some of whom may be struggling to cope with implementing remote working for their organisations.

It’s important to note however that security and stability updates to the current Microsoft Edge, version 80, will continue to be released.


Google also announced last week that they’d be delaying all future releases of their Chrome browser, previously scheduled for the 17th March, due to internal work schedules having to be adjusted during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Our primary objectives are to ensure Chrome continues to be stable, secure, and work reliably for anyone who depends on them

Google Spokesperson

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The new version of Chrome, which we’ll all need to be a bit more patient for now, was rumoured to include support for app icon badge, hit testing for augmented reality, form elements featuring a modernised look and initial support for Web NFC.


Google also confirmed that Android developers would likely experience a longer app review processing when trying to push new apps live due to Google having reduced staff working on prem.

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