If Google has anything to say, we will be looking at Chrome revisions in the double digits as soon as next year, according to a schedule that has been announced for the progression of the development. Google has said that a new stable version of their contribution to the browser wars will come every 6 weeks, or about twice what is being done now, and ahead of Microsoft a by a few orders of magnitude. (This is well ahead of the Opera schedule, which is aggressive by any standards.)
“Google said that it will be releasing a new stable version of Chrome every six weeks, which is about twice as fast as the release pace today. The goal is to make new features available when they are done and to make Chrome releases more predictable. Has anyone complained that there were too few new Chrome releases? Mozilla has been releasing a major new browser update twice a year and Microsoft is on an 18-24 month pace. Firefox’s 4.0 Beta 2 is scheduled for release soon, and it appears that Mozilla is somewhat paranoid about the Black Hat Conference. 3.6.6 was planned to be the original ‘Black Hat release'; now we are at version 3.6.7 and Mozilla has already a build candidate of 3.6.8 that will be released depending on news coming out of Black Hat.”
The thing about this pace is that Google is managing to bring forth versions that show few of the really gnarly bugs that some other hurried efforts produce. Opera, for example, has a frenzied pace of development, but frequently releases a non-beta with just a few oddities left. They are always small, but the faithful users find them quickly.
Though I am not quite as familiar with Chrome as I am with Opera, I must say that the bugs are not easily found in stable versions of Chrome, though I suspect that will change when Chrome becomes more extended, as other browsers, such as Opera and Firefox are. With more features, more complexity assures that the few bugs that crop up will be much harder to nail down, and though the coders at Google seem to have been up to the task until now, it will eventually change.
The thing that will be interesting to see, is what will happen when Chrome passes revision 9.xx. As through the years, most programs destined for the Windows operating system have never exceeded version 9 without appending some other descriptor, so that the numeric designation can return to 1, and the entire sequence begin again.
The described pace will yield double digit Chrome revisions by the middle of next year, so it won’t be long to see what happens, and if the changing numbers get into double digits without a new alpha addition, such as “Advanced”, “Extended”, or [shudder] “Gold”.
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Chrome is looking to change into that supermodel that makes you notice her entrance into any room.