Google halts Chrome upgrades due to COVID-19 impacted work schedule

The California-based software and search engine giant, Google has paused the upgrade of its legacy Chrome browser and the Chrome OS, amid COVID-19 pandemic. The company has not given a timeline for when it will resume the upgrade service.

The company stated on its Chrome releases blog, “Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases. Our primary objectives are to ensure they continue to be stable, secure, and work reliably for anyone who depends on them. We’ll continue to prioritize any updates related to security, which will be included in Chrome 80.”

As per the Chrome Release schedule, the browser version 81 was supposed to be launched on Tuesday, March 17, but as the statement mentions, “adjusted work schedule” of employees who are now working from home due to Coronavirus outbreak has forced Google to postpone the release for an indefinite time.

The COVID-19 outbreak has clearly brought the IT industry to a halt as more and more companies are asking their employees to work from home. This not only hit the productivity of the workforce but also made even the biggest market players of the industry to reschedule their events and launches.