Microsoft Edge Stable releases paused while work schedules adapt to coronavirus pandemic

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft announced it is temporarily hitting the pause button on Edge Stable channel releases.
  • The move follows the Google Chrome team's decision to pause stable updates amid altered work schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Security and stability updates are still expected to go out.

Microsoft this week announced that it is temporarily pausing updates to the Microsoft Edge Stable channel. The Stable channel will remain on Chromium version 80 instead of updating to Chromium 81 as planned.

"In light of the current circumstances, the Edge team will pause updating the Stable channel to Edge 81 consistent with the Chromium Project," Microsoft said in a tweet. "We are committed to continued security and stability updates to Edge 80."

This follows a move by the Chromium team to not promote Chromium 81 to the stable release channel earlier this week. The decision was made due to "adjusted work schedules" during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the Chromium team. The team says it will continue to ship stability and security fixes.

It appears Dev and Canary channel releases will still go forward. Microsoft says it will have more information to share on its release schedule next week.

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