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

Chrome lords it over the browser world, Louis XVI to the peasants trying to keep famine from the door.

Now with 68.5% of the world’s browser user share – a measure of browser activity calculated by analytics company Net Applications – Google’s Chrome has no equal in popularity. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Edge, Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari eke out single digits, while others fight over even smaller scraps.

It’s no surprise, then, 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 enterprise-aimed release notes that highlight some of the planned additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications. We’ve collected the most important for this what’s-coming round-up. Just remember, nothing is guaranteed.

As Google call out, “The items listed below are experimental or planned updates. They might be changed, delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel.”

Note: Google suspended Chrome releases in mid-March, delaying the expected March 16 launch of Chrome 81 until April 7. The three-week pause, said Google, meant it was skipping version 82 altogether and resuming numbering with Chrome 83 on May 19. Because of the omission of Chrome 82, this look forward picks up with Chrome 83.

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