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Google has suspended Chrome browser updates after failing to release Chrome 81 on Tuesday. Though the Chocolate Factory announced the availability of Chrome 81 on March 17, as scheduled on its Chrome Release Status page, the updated code did not get distributed. The problem can be attributed to COVID-19, specifically what the …

  1. Def Silver badge

    "To avoid shipping flawed code"

    A bit late for that, I feel.

  2. RyokuMas Silver badge

    Clock is running...

    So - due to "engineer availability", Google may not have the people required to fix issues in Chrome - which, I guess, includes any security flaws that may come up...

    Google, you have 90 days to fix the Coronavirus - your time starts now!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Clock is running...

      I wouldn't take a Google vaccine ... it might rig my immune system to report "anonymous" usage statistics to them.

      Before you know it, you'd have predictive immune failure ... then a large sign that says "Beware! AIDS patient here!"

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Clock is running...

      On Wednesday, Chrome team shipped just such a security-focused update, bumping Chrome build 80.0.3987.132 to 80.0.3987.149.

      So they hold back a feature release but still manage a security release? Haven't seen this yet from Microsoft or especially Apple which likes to sit on zero-day exploits for weeks if not months.

      There's a lot to criticise Google for, but for software products it cares about, it has an impressive release history.

  3. Waseem Alkurdi Silver badge

    Will they have a development reset

    Like Longhorn?

  4. tempemeaty


    Is Google using engineers in China?

    1. Ken Hagan Gold badge

      Re: ?

      It's the whole world, mate. The only difference with China is they've done enough testing to know they're fucked.

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