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

Chrome dominated the browser market throughout 2019, starting the year by generating more than two-thirds of global browser activity and ending November at almost exactly the same place.

Rivals like Mozilla’s Firefox fight over a diminishing dish of scraps while Microsoft simply surrendered to the search giant by adopting Google’s Chromium technology to power Edge.

What’s true for consumers also holds for the corporate world: Chrome rules. So when Chrome makes changes, everyone pays attention, whether the latest are in the most recent browser upgrade – which Computerworld tracks in the What’s in the latest Chrome update? series – or are slated to show up in the next version, or the one after that.

Every Chrome upgrade is accompanied by release notes that highlight planned additions, substitutions, enhancements and modifications. We’ve collected the most important for this enterprise-centric “Coming soon” round-up. But remember: nothing is guaranteed. As Google cautions, “The items listed below are experimental or planned updates. They might be changed, delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel.”

Chrome 80: Freeze, tabs! And we mean it this time!

To reduce the browser’s memory usage and its impact on notebook batteries, Chrome 80 will automatically “freeze” tabs that have been in the background for five or more minutes. “Frozen pages are not able to run any tasks,” said Google.

Some tabs won’t be frozen – Google cited those playing audio – and website developers can opt out of freezing. More information on that can be found in this document.

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