There is a principle in the free software world that is to release early, release often which has been adopted by the so-called agile Software development philosophy that many developers and companies are now adopting in turn. The idea is to be able to test and get feedback faster in the real world, and in the long run, come up with fixes fairly quickly.
This rapid process seems perfectly suited to the equally rapid development of web technologies and related security vulnerabilities. Microsoft is adopting the same pace as that announced by Google for the release cycle of Chrome.
Google Chrome is on its way to a triple-digit version, which would probably have been unthinkable in the old ways of software development. Google adopted a faster release cycle a few years ago, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to meet the needs of the web, where bugs, security, vulnerabilities, and new features still need fixing.
Earlier this month, Google announced it was moving to a four-week release cycle for Chrome, and Microsoft is following suit with Edge As contributors to the Chromium project, we are excited about the new four-week major release cadence announced by Google, which will allow us to deliver this innovation to our customers even more quickly, Microsoft said in its article. blog last Friday.
On the one hand, this is not so surprising since Microsoft Edge is now based on Chromium. On the other hand, Microsoft could also have chosen to adopt a slightly slower pace to iron out the difficulties on its side by adding its own features and fixes in addition to Chrome. Given its history of updating Windows, some might think this would be a wiser strategy.
Nonetheless, Microsoft has announced that it is adopting this 4-week release cycle for Microsoft Edge by default starting with version 94 which is the same version number where Chrome will move to the new milestone cycle and is slated for release. for September. Like Google, Microsoft is also offering corporate customers the option of slowing down releases by moving to an 8-week release cycle as part of the Extended Stable program These customers will need to explicitly enable this option, otherwise, they will default to a new version every four weeks.
A quick-release cycle is likely to be welcome given how quickly vulnerabilities on the web appear all the time, but there will likely also be concerns about the quality of those posts. Hopefully, Microsoft and Google won’t roll out great features so quickly, at the risk of ruining users’ browsing experience.