For administrators who manage Chrome browser or ChromeOS devices for a business or school.
Chrome 120 release summary
The enterprise release notes are available in 9 languages. You can read about Chrome's updates in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Indonesian, and Japanese. Allow 1 to 2 weeks for translation for some languages.
Chrome browser updates
- Default Search Engine choice screen
Starting Chrome 120, enterprise end-users might be prompted to choose their default search engine within Chrome.
As part of our building for DMA compliance, some users will be prompted to choose their default search engine for Chrome. This prompt controls the default search engine setting, currently available at
chrome://settings/search. The enterprise policies, DefaultSearchProviderEnabled and DefaultSearchProviderSearchUrl, will continue to control this setting as it does today, if it is set by the IT admin. Read more on this policy and the related atomic group.
- Chrome 120 on iOS, Chrome OS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: 1% users might start getting the choice screen with Chrome 120. 100% by Chrome 122 for applicable users.
- Chrome Third-Party Cookie Deprecation (3PCD)
In Chrome 120 and beyond (Jan 2024), Chrome will globally disable third-party cookies for 1% of Chrome traffic as part of our Chrome-facilitated testing in collaboration with the CMA. The facilitated testing period allows sites to meaningfully preview what it's like to operate in a world without third-party cookies. As bounce-tracking protections are also a part of 3PCD, the users in this group with third-party cookies blocked will have bounce tracking mitigations take effect, so that their state is cleared for sites that get classified as a bounce tracker. Most enterprise users should be excluded from this experiment group automatically; however, we recommend that admins proactively use the BlockThirdPartyCookies and CookiesAllowedForUrls policies to re-enable third-party cookies and opt out their managed browsers ahead of the experiment. This will give enterprises time to make the changes required to not rely on this policy or third-party cookies.
We plan to provide more tooling (such as the Legacy Tech Report) to help identify third-party cookies use cases. Admins can set the BlockThirdPartyCookies policy to false to re-enable third-party cookies for all sites but this will prevent users from changing the corresponding setting in Chrome. Alternatively, to prevent breakage, you can set the CookiesAllowedForUrls policy to allowlist your enterprise applications to continue receiving third-party cookies.
For enterprise end users that are pulled into this experiment group and that are not covered by either enterprise admin policy, they can use the User Bypass control (the “eye icon” in the omnibox) to temporarily re-enable third-party cookies for 90 days on a given site when necessary. Enterprise admin policies override User Bypass controls, for example, setting BlockThirdPartyCookies policy to true will disable third-party cookies for all sites and prevent users from using this User Bypass control.
Bounce tracking protections are also covered by the same policies as cookies and enforced when the bouncing site is not permitted to have/receive 3P cookies. Thus, setting the BlockThirdPartyCookies policy to false, or setting the CookiesAllowedForUrls policy for a site, will prevent bounce tracking mitigations from deleting state for sites.
Enterprise SaaS integrations used in a cross-site context for non-advertising use cases will be able to register for the third-party cookie deprecation trial for continued access to third-party cookies for a limited period of time.
The heuristics feature will grant temporary third-party cookie access in limited scenarios based on user behavior. This mitigates site breakage caused by third-party cookie deprecation in established patterns such as identity provider pop ups and redirects.
For more details on how to prepare, provide feedback and report potential site issues, refer to the Mode B: 1% third-party cookie deprecation blog section and the Preparing for the end of third-party cookies blog.
- Chrome 120 on ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows
1% of global traffic has third-party cookies disabled. Enterprise users are excluded from this automatically where possible, and a policy is available to override the change.
- Chrome 120 on ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows
- Rename FirstPartySets policies to RelatedWebsiteSets
The FirstPartySetsEnabled and FirstPartySetsOverrides enterprise policies are renamed to RelatedWebsiteSetsEnabled and RelatedWebsiteSetsOverrides respectively. There is no change in the policies’ behavior. Administrators should use the new policies RelatedWebsiteSetsEnabled and RelatedWebsiteSetsOverrides going forward. To learn more about the rename, follow https://developer.chrome.com/blog/related-website-sets/
- Chrome 120 on Android, Chrome OS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Fuchsia
- Chrome Web Store: UX improvements
The Chrome team is unveiling a redesigned Chrome Web Store that simplifies the process of finding and managing extensions. Alongside a refreshing, modern interface, the store introduces new extension categories, including AI-powered extensions and Editors' spotlight. These enhancements will be gradually rolled out over the coming months.
Users can temporarily switch back to the original store layout by clicking the three dots next to their profile avatar and selecting Revert to original store. This temporary option will be disabled in January 2024 and cannot be centrally controlled by administrators.
Enterprises will continue to have access to their enterprise policies within the new Chrome Store UX.
The revamped Chrome Web Store will also feature a dedicated section for extensions specific to your domain. For more details on publishing private extensions, see Enterprise Publishing Options.
Note that there is a known issue with ExtensionSettings, where the
blocked_install_messagedoes not appear correctly in the redesigned Chrome Store UX that we are working on fixing.
- Revamped Safety Check on Desktop
In Chrome 120, we begin to roll out a new proactive Safety Check that regularly checks the browser for safety-related issues and informs users when there's anything that needs their attention. This launch also introduces a new page with Chrome’s proactive safety-related actions and information tailored to each user, designed to make it easier for users to stay safe online.
- Chrome 120 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows
- Chrome Desktop responsive toolbar
Chrome Desktop customers across devices and input modes (for example, Mouse or Touch) now experience a toolbar that seamlessly responds to changing window sizes. This happens when users manually select and resize a window or use OS-specific window management tools in addition to an overflow menu.
- Chrome 120 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows
- Chrome on Android no longer supports Android Nougat
The last version of Chrome that supports Android Nougat is Chrome 119, and it includes a message to affected users informing them to upgrade their operating system.
Chrome 120 does not support nor ship to users running Android Nougat.
- Chrome 120 on Android: Chrome on Android no longer supports Android Nougat
- Package tracking (iOS only)
Users can enable a new package tracking feature that results in estimated delivery dates and package status appearing in a new card on the New tab page. This feature is only supported for en-US users and only for packages fulfilled via FedEx and USPS. If needed, you can turn off the feature using a new policy called ParcelTrackingEnabled.
- Chrome 120 on iOS: feature launches
- Unprefix -webkit-background-clip for text and make it an alias
Chrome allows the use of the unprefixed version for
background-clip: textand makes
-webkit-background-clipan alias for
background-clip. Also, it drops support for non-suffixed keywords (content, padding and border)..
- Chrome 120 on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
- Chrome user policies for iOS
With Chrome user policies for iOS, admins can apply policies and preferences across a user's devices. Settings apply whenever the user signs in to Chrome browser with their managed account on any device, including personal devices.
Starting in Chrome 120, to bring consistency to iOS, managed end-users start to see a management notice stating that their organization manages the account they are signing into. In Chrome 121, admins can turn on this functionality in the Admin console under the Chrome on iOS setting. For more information, see Set Chrome policies for users or browsers.
- Chrome 120 on iOS: Feature starts gradual roll out.
- Chrome profile separation: new policies
Three new policies are now available to help you configure enterprise profiles: ProfileSeparationSettings, ProfileSeparationDataMigrationSettings, ProfileSeparationDomainExceptionList. These policies take precedence over ManagedAccountsSigninRestriction and EnterpriseProfileCreationKeepBrowsingData.
- Chrome 120 on Linux, Mac, Windows
- Migrate away from data URLs in SVGUseElement
The SVG spec was recently updated to remove support for
SVGUseElement. This improves security of the Web platform as well as compatibility between browsers as Webkit does not support
SVGUseElement. To read more, see this blog post.
SVGUseElementcan lead to Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and Trusted Types bypass.
For enterprises that need additional time to migrate, the DataUrlInSvgUseEnabled policy will be available until Chrome 128 to re-enable support for
- Chrome 120 on Android, ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Fuchsia: Remove support for
- Chrome 120 on Android, ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Fuchsia: Remove support for
- Password Manager: password sharing
Password Manager allows users to share their passwords with members of their Google Family Group (as configured in their Google Account). Users can only share one password at a time. It is not possible to share passwords in bulk. The shared password cannot be updated or revoked by the sender.
As an enterprise admin, you can use the PasswordSharingEnabled policy to switch off the share feature for all users.
- Chrome 120 on iOS, Chrome OS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Fuchsia
- Remove recommended support from multiple policies
Some policies can be applied as recommended, allowing admins to set an initial value that users can later change. In Chrome 119, recommended support was removed from multiple policies that users had no way of configuring.
Any affected policies that were previously set as recommended now need to be set as mandatory to ensure they continue to take effect.
- Chrome 119 on Linux, Mac, Windows: Recommended support is being removed from the PrintPdfAsImageDefault enterprise policy.
- Chrome 120 on Android, Linux, Mac, Windows: Recommended support is being removed from the following enterprise policies:
- Save images to Google Photos on iOS
When a signed-in user long-presses on an image in Chrome, they can save it directly to Google Photos. They have the option to save it to any account logged in on the device. You can use the ContextMenuPhotoSharingSettings policy to turn on this feature.
- Chrome 119 on iOS: Users can directly save images to Google photos
- Chrome 120 on iOS: A new policy, ContextMenuPhotoSharingSettings , is introduced to control this functionality
- Remove same-origin blanket enforcement in CSPEE
Chrome 120 removes a special treatment for same-origin iframes from CSP Embedded Enforcement.
This aligns the behavior of CSP Embedded Enforcement for cross-origin iframes and same-origin iframes. To read more, see ChromeStatus.
- Chrome 120 on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
- Close requests for CloseWatcher, <dialog>, and popover=""
Close requests are a new concept where a user requests to close something currently open, using the Esc key on desktop or the back gesture or button on Android. Integrating Close requests into Chromium comes with two changes:
- CloseWatcher, a new API for directly listening and responding to close requests.
- Upgrades to
popover=""to use the new close request framework, so that they respond to the Android back button.
- Chrome 120 on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
- Deprecate and remove Theora support
Chrome 120 deprecates and removes support for the Theora video codec in Chrome desktop, due to emerging security risks. Theora's low (and now often incorrect) usage no longer justifies support for most users. Ogg containers will remain supported. Our plan is to begin escalating experiments turning down Theora support in Chrome 120. If users encounter problems playing specific videos, they can reactivate support via
chrome://flags/#theora-video-codecif needed until Chrome 123. You can find more info in Chrome Status.
- Chrome 120 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Windows, Mac, Linux
- Unmanaged device signals consent
This feature introduces a new consent popup dialog, which collects users' consent on whether they allow Chrome to collect device signals from their device.
The dialog is only displayed for users who satisfy the following conditions:
- user is managed
- user's current device is unmanaged
- user's admin enabled the device trust service
- user's admin did not specifically disable this feature and its corresponding policy
- Chrome 120 on Linux, Mac, Windows
- Printing interactions moved to a service process
In Chrome 120, some users have the printing interactions with the operating system performed in a separate service process. Moving these interactions out of the browser process improves browser stability. It also improves the responsiveness of the Print Preview user interface. An enterprise policy OopPrintDriversAllowed is available to revert to making platform printing interactions from the browser process.
- URL-Based Permission Suggestions Service
Chrome is upgrading its Permission Suggestions Service. Earlier the requests to Chrome servers for permission suggestion service didn't contain URLs. Now Chrome will add URL based signals to the suggestion service. Earlier admins could disable sending requests to Chrome by setting the SafeBrowsingProtectionLevel policy to 1, 0 or unset. After this update the SafeBrowsingProtectionLevel policy will no longer enable/disable the Permission Suggestion Service.
The Permission Suggestions Service is now gated behind the existing URL-keyed anonymized data collection policy: UrlKeyedAnonymizedDataCollectionEnabled.
- Chrome 120 on ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: 1% stable experiment
- New and updated policies in Chrome browser
Policy Description ExtensionInstallTypeBlocklist Blocklist for install types of extensions ParcelTrackingEnabled Allows users to track their packages on Chrome (available on iOS) RelatedWebsiteSetsOverrides Override Related Website Sets RelatedWebsiteSetsEnabled Enable Related Website Sets DataUrlInSvgUseEnabled Data URL support for SVGUseElement ContextMenuPhotoSharingSettings Allow saving images directly to Google Photos (available on iOS) FeedbackSurveysEnabled Specifies whether in-product Google Chrome surveys are shown to users NativeHostsExecutablesLaunchDirectly Force Windows executable Native Messaging hosts to launch directly IPv6ReachabilityOverrideEnabled Enable IPv6 reachability check override PasswordSharingEnabled Enable sharing user credentials with other users PrivateNetworkAccessRestrictionsEnabled Specifies whether to apply restrictions to requests to more-private network endpoints
- New controls for mouse scroll acceleration
ChromeOS 120 adds new controls to let users disable mouse scroll acceleration and adjust the speed of the scrolling.
- Enhanced Alt + click behavior
You can configure right-click behavior using the keyboard and touchpad. You can also configure settings for actions such as Home, End, and Page Up, in the Customize keyboard keys subpage.
- XDR Authentication Events
Authentication events (login/out lock/unlock) can now be enabled as part of Extended Detection and Response (XDR) on ChromeOS. Once rollout is complete, XDR systems will be able to use these events to provide insights on the device security posture.
- Pinch-to-Resize PiP
Picture-in-Picture (PiP) windows can now be resized with a pinch. Simply place two fingers on the window and pinch them together or spread them apart to find the perfect size for your screen.
- New look for Emoji Picker
ChromeOS 120 brings a new dynamic color palette to the floating Emoji and GIF Picker.
- Keyboard Shortcuts - Enabling F11-F12 keys
Most ChromeOS keyboards lack F11 and F12 keys, which are expected functionality in many applications. This proposal adds options to remap F11 and F12 keys in the Keyboard key remapping section in Settings.
- Deprecate support for legacy ChromeOS media containers and codecs
Deprecated support for MPEG4 Part 2 video codec and AVI container in ChromeOS 120. Users needing this functionality may temporarily re-enable support using
chrome://flags/#cros-legacy-media-formatsuntil ChromeOS 125, after which support will be removed.
- ChromeOS Virtual Desk Button (Bento Button)
Bento Button is a shelf button that's available for all users who utilize virtual desks. The button will allow quick access to desk operations for desk visualizing, desk switching, desk creation and desk ordering. If the user has previously saved desks, they would be able to go to the desk library as well.
Admin console updates
- New policies in Admin console
Policy Name Pages Supported on Category/Field PowerManagementIdleSettings (screen dim, screen off, idle actions) User, MGS ChromeOS Power and shutdown - Idle settings ScreenLockDelays User, MGS ChromeOS Power and shutdown - Idle settings LidCloseAction User, MGS ChromeOS Power and shutdown - Idle settings ChromeOsLockOnIdleSuspend (lock screen on lid close) User, MGS ChromeOS Power and shutdown - Idle settings NativeHostsExecutablesLaunchDirectly User Chrome Browser Other settings ParcelTrackingEnabled User Chrome for iOS Content settings FeedbackSurveysEnabled User, MGS ChromeOS, Chrome Browser, Chrome for Android Other settings ExtensionInstallTypeBlocklist Additional app settings Chrome Browser Additional app settings ContextMenuPhotoSharingSettings User Chrome for iOS Content settings PrivateNetworkAccessRestrictionsEnabled User, MGS ChromeOS, Chrome Browser, Chrome for Android Network settings DeviceFlexHwDataForProductImprovementEnabled Device ChromeOS Other settings IPv6ReachabilityOverrideEnabled User ChromeOS, Chrome Browser, Chrome for Android Network settings DataUrlInSvgUseEnabled User, MGS ChromeOS, Chrome Browser, Chrome for Android
Note: The items listed below are experimental or planned updates. They might change, be delayed, or canceled before launching to the Stable channel.
Upcoming browser changes
- Generative AI features
In Chrome 115, Google introduced its first Generative AI (GenAI) integration in the Search Side Panel. As early as Chrome 121, additional GenAI features will be rolled out to Chrome. You’ll be able to opt in through a new
chrome://settingspage. Enterprise policies will be available at roll-out to control these features. More details will be shared in upcoming milestones.
- (Earliest) Chrome 121 on ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows
- Safer encrypted archives for Standard Safe Browsing users
Standard Safe Browsing users will be prompted for a password to some encrypted archive downloads. This will be used to collect more metadata about the download (such as contained file hashes and executable signatures), which will be sent to Google for better quality verdicts. The password will remain local. You can control this feature with the SafeBrowsingDeepScanningEnabled policy.
- Chrome 121 on Linux, Mac, Windows
- Permissions prompt for Web MIDI API
There have been several reported problems around Web MIDI API's drive-by access to client MIDI devices (bugs). To address this problem, the Audio WG decided to place an explicit permission on the general MIDI API access. Originally, the explicit permission was only required for advanced MIDI usage (System Exclusive (SysEx) messages) in Chrome, with gated access behind a permissions prompt. We plan to expand the scope of the permission to regular MIDI API usage.
Today the use of SysEx messages with the Web MIDI API requires an explicit user permission. With this implementation, even access to the Web MIDI API without SysEx support will require a user permission. Three new policies—DefaultMidiSetting, MidiAllowedForUrls and MidiBlockedForUrls—will be available to allow administrators to pre-configure user access to the API.
- Chrome 121 on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
- Network Service on Windows will be sandboxed
To improve security and reliability, the network service, already running in its own process, will be sandboxed on Windows. As part of this, third-party code that is currently able to tamper with the network service may be prevented from doing so. This might cause interoperability issues with software that injects code into Chrome's process space, such as Data Loss Prevention software. The NetworkServiceSandboxEnabled policy allows you to disable the sandbox if incompatibilities are discovered. You can test the sandbox in your environment using these instructions and report any issues you encounter.
- Chrome 121 on Windows: Network Service sandboxed on Windows
- User Link Capturing on PWAs - Windows, Mac and Linux
Web links automatically direct users to installed web apps. To better align with users' expectations around installed web apps, Chrome will make it more seamless to move between the browser and installed web apps. When the user clicks on a link that could be handled by an installed web app, Chrome will add a chip in the address bar to suggest switching over to the app. Clicking on the chip would either launch the app directly, or open a grid of apps that can support that link. For some users, clicking on a link will always automatically open the app.
- Chrome 121 on Linux, Mac, Windows: When some users click on a link, it will always open in an installed PWA, while some users will see the link open in a new tab with a chip in the address bar clicking on which will launch the app. This is an experiment to determine if users prefer having links launched by default. The experiment will run on Canary/Dev/Beta and 1% of Stable.
- Chrome 123 on Linux, Mac, Windows: Based on the outcome of the experiment in Chrome 121, we will launch to 100% of Stable with either a default on (always launch apps on link clicks) or a default off (always open in a tab, only launch if user clicks on chip on address bar).
- Side Panel Navigation: Pinning/Unpinning
As early as Chrome 121, the side panel icon is being removed in favor of evolving the side panel navigation to offer customization through toolbar pinning. This will allow for efficient direct access to a suite of panels.
- Chrome 121 on Chrome OS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Fuchsia
- SharedImages for PPAPI Video Decode
Chrome 119 introduces a new PPAPISharedImagesForVideoDecoderAllowed policy to control the recent refactor for VideoDecoder APIs in PPAPI plugin.
- Chrome 119 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS: Introduces escape hatch policy.
- Chrome 122 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS: Escape hatch policy and corresponding old code paths are removed.
- Skip unload events
The presence of unload event listeners is a primary blocker for back/forward cache on Chromium based browsers and for Firefox on desktop platforms. On the other hand, for mobile platforms, almost all browsers prioritize the bfcache by not firing unload events in most cases. To improve the situation, we’ve been working with lots of partners and successfully reduced the use of unload event listeners over the last few years. To further accelerate this migration, we propose to have Chrome for desktop gradually skip unload events.
In case you need more time to migrate away from unload events, we’ll offer temporary opt-outs in the form of a Permissions-Policy API and an enterprise policy ForcePermissionPolicyUnloadDefaultEnabled, which will allow you to selectively keep the behavior unchanged.
- Chrome 117 on Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Dev Trial
- Chrome 119 on Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Introduces ForcePermissionPolicyUnloadDefaultEnabled policy
- Chrome 121 -131 on Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Deprecation trial (general rollout of deprecation will be limited scope until deprecation trial is ready)
- Resume the last opened tab on any device
For the last open tab on any device within the last 24 hours with the same signed-in user profile, Chrome will offer users with a quick shortcut to resume that tab. Admins will be able to control this feature using an existing enterprise policy called SyncTypesListDisabled.
- Chrome 122 on iOS: Feature launches
- Remove support for UserAgentClientHintsGREASEUpdateEnabled
We plan to deprecate the UserAgentClientHintsGREASEUpdateEnabled policy since the updated GREASE algorithm has been on by default for over a year. The policy will eventually be removed.
- Chrome 122 on Android, ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Policy is deprecated
- Chrome 125 on Android, ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Policy is removed
- Chrome Sync ends support for Chrome 81 and earlier
Chrome Sync will no longer support Chrome 81 and earlier. You need to upgrade to a more recent version of Chrome if you want to continue using Chrome Sync.
- Chrome 123 on Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, Windows: The change will be implemented.
- Deprecate and remove WebSQL
With SQLite over WASM as its official replacement, we plan to remove WebSQL entirely. This will help keep our users secure.
The Web SQL Database standard was first proposed in April 2009 and abandoned in November 2010. Gecko never implemented this feature and WebKit deprecated this feature in 2019. The W3C encouraged those needing web databases to adopt Web Storage or Indexed Database.
Ever since its release, it has made it incredibly difficult to keep our users secure. SQLite was not initially designed to run malicious SQL statements, and yet with WebSQL we have to do exactly this. Having to react to a flow of stability and security issues is an unpredictable cost to the storage team.
- Chrome 115: Deprecation message added to console.
- Chrome 117: In Chrome 117 the WebSQL Deprecation Trial starts. The trial ends in Chrome 123. During the trial period, a policy, WebSQLAccess, is needed for the feature to be available.
- Chrome 119: Starting Chrome 119, WebSQL is no longer available. Access to the feature is available until Chrome 123 using the WebSQLAccess policy.
- Chrome 123: on Chrome OS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Starting in Chrome 123, the policy WebSQLAccess, which allows for WebSQL to be available, will no longer be available.
- Remove LegacySameSiteCookieBehaviorEnabledForDomainList policy
In Chrome 79, we introduced the LegacySameSiteCookieBehaviorEnabledForDomainList policy to revert the SameSite behavior of cookies to legacy behavior on the specified domains. The LegacySameSiteCookieBehaviorEnabledForDomainList policy’s lifetime has been extended and will be removed on the milestone listed below.
- Chrome 128 on Android, ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Remove LegacySameSiteCookieBehaviorEnabledForDomainList policy
- Intent to deprecate: Mutation Events
Synchronous Mutation Events, including
DOMCharacterDataModified, negatively affect page performance, and also significantly increase the complexity of adding new features to the Web. These APIs were deprecated from the spec in 2011, and were replaced (in 2012) by the much better-behaved Mutation Observer API. Usage of the obsolete Mutation Events must be removed or migrated to Mutation Observer.
- Chrome 127 on Android, ChromeOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Mutation Events will stop functioning in Chrome 127, around July 30, 2024.
- Extensions must be updated to leverage Manifest V3 by June 2025
Extensions must be updated to leverage Manifest V3. Chrome extensions are transitioning to a new manifest version, Manifest V3. This will bring improved privacy for your users—for example, by moving to a model where extensions modify requests declaratively, without the ability to see individual requests. This also improves extension security, as remotely hosted code will be disallowed on Manifest V3.
Beginning June 2024, Chrome will gradually disable Manifest V2 extensions running in the browser. An Enterprise policy - ExtensionManifestV2Availability - is available to control whether Manifest v2 extensions are allowed. The policy can be used to test Manifest V3 in your organization ahead of the migration. Additionally, machines on which the policy is enabled will not be subject to the disabling of Manifest V2 extensions until the following year - June 2025 - at which point the policy will be removed.
You can see which Manifest version is being used by all Chrome extensions running on your fleet using the Apps & extensions usage page in Chrome Browser Cloud Management. Read more on the Manifest timeline, including:
- Chrome 110 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Enterprise policy ExtensionManifestV2Availability is available to control whether Manifest v2 extensions are allowed. The policy can be used to test Manifest V3 in your organization ahead of the migration. After the migration the policy will allow you to extend the usage of Manifest V2 extensions.
- Chrome 127 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Chrome will gradually disabled Manifest V2 extensions on user devices. Only those with the ExtensionManifestV2Availability enterprise policy enabled would be able to continue using Manifest V2 extensions in their organization.
- Chrome 139 on ChromeOS, LaCrOS, Linux, Mac, Windows: Remove ExtensionManifestV2Availability policy.
Upcoming ChromeOS changes
- ChromeOS Flex End of Device Support
As of the 1st Jan 2024, devices scheduled to end support in 2023 will no longer be supported. Devices include those detailed below, for the full list of devices ending support please review our certified devices list .
- HP Compaq 6005 Pro
- HP Compaq Elite 8100
- Lenovo ThinkCentre M77
- HP ProBook 6550b
- HP 630
- Dell Optiplex 980
The devices will continue to receive ChromeOS Flex updates but these updates will no longer be tested or maintained by the Flex team.
We recommend customers look to upgrade to newer ChromeOS devices to benefit from new features and security improvements.
- ChromeOS Flex Bluetooth Migration
ChromeOS Flex will be upgrading to the Floss bluetooth stack in ChromeOS 121. As part of this upgrade the following devices will no longer support bluetooth functionality.
- HP Probook 4530s
- Lenovo ThinkPad T420
- HP Elitebook 8460p
- Apple iMac 11,2
- Lenovo ThinkPad x220
- Dell Vostro 3550
- HP 3115m
- HP Elitebook 2560p
- HP ProBook 6465b
- Lenovo ThinkPad L420
- Set the screensaver duration
As early as ChromeOS 120, you will be able to set the duration for screensaver while charging. Users can now choose how long their screensaver runs while their device is charging (not on battery). You can control this using a new enterprise policy. The default setting is Forever, and can be reduced using drop-down options.
- New look for ChromeOS media player
As early as ChromeOS 121, the media player will have bigger buttons and colors to match your wallpaper. The media player will appear when you are playing any video or audio (like Spotify or YouTube) in Quick Settings. You will be able to click the pin icon to move the media player to the shelf. In addition to controlling media that is being cast, you will be able to start casting web media to any speakers or screens on your local network.
- Integrate the DLP events rule Id and name into the security investigation tool
ChromeOS Data Control events will have additional fields to enrich admin insights in the security investigation tool.
- Enterprise DataControls (DLP) file restrictions
In ChromeOS 121, ChromeOS Data Controls will enable IT and Security teams to protect important business and customer data. It will be available for events like copy and paste, screen capture, screen sharing, and printing. IT administrators will be able to create an information protection strategy with rules based on the data source, destination and user.
We will have new functionality to control what users can do with files on ChromeOS devices through source and destination based rules.
- Enhanced notifications for pinned apps
As early as ChromeOS 121, you will be able to visually separate pinned notifications from other notifications. We will change the visual specs, buttons, and notification text to fit within fixed size bubbles. This significantly differentiates the visual look of pinned notifications from typical notifications to reflect their significant difference in purpose (notifying the user of an ongoing process rather than an instantaneous event).
- New ChromeOS sync options
ChromeOS will soon deliver an updated device setup experience that lets users customize sync settings for apps, settings, wi-fi networks, and wallpaper.
- App disablement by Admin in MGS
Up until now, Managed Guest Sessions (MGS) include a set of applications (Explore, Gallery, and Terminal apps) that are available to the user. With the SystemFeaturesDisableList policy, Admins will soon be able to disable these apps, blocking and hiding them from users across your enterprise.
Upcoming Admin console changes
- Inactive browser deletion in Chrome Browser Cloud Management
As early as Chrome 123, the Inactive period for browser data deletion policy will be added to the Admin Console and it will automatically delete browsers that have not contacted the server for more than the inactivity period of time determined by the policy. When releasing the policy, the inactivity period of time will have a default value of 18 months. All enrolled browsers that have been inactive for more than 18 months will be deleted from your account shortly after the release of this policy. The maximum value to determine the browser inactivity period will be 730 days and the minimum value is 28 days.
Note. Shortening the period significantly will cause more enrolled browsers to be considered inactive and deleted, and should be done with caution. To mitigate this, you can set the Device Token Management policy value to “Delete token” ahead of time, which allows deleted browsers to automatically re-enroll in Chrome Browser Cloud Management the next time the browser restarts (if the enrollment token is still valid). You can find the Device Token Management policy here.
- As early as Chrome 121: The Inactive period for browser data deletion policy UI will be available for early access in the Admin console. For IT admins who find the 18 month default inadequate, this will allow them to explicitly set a policy value (inactivity period of time) a few weeks before the actual deletion starts.
- Apps & Extensions usage report: Highlight extensions removed from the Chrome Web Store
As early as 121, Chrome is adding new information on the Apps & Extensions usage report to help you identify if an extension was recently removed from the Chrome Web Store via a new notifications column and a new Chrome Web Store column that represents the listing status of an extension. On the App Details page, you can find the reason why an extension was removed from the Chrome Web Store. This feature will help IT administrators identify the impact of using the policy to disable unpublished extensions.
This feature is available to test for the members of the Chrome Enterprise Trusted Tester program. You can sign up for our Trusted Tester program here.
- Chrome 120 on Linux, Mac, Windows: Trusted Tester program
- Chrome 121 on Linux, Mac, Windows: Feature rolls out
Apps & Extensions usage report:
App Details page:
- Legacy Technology report
As early as Chrome 121, the Legacy Technology report will be available in the Admin console and it will proactively report websites (both internal and external) that are using technology that will be deprecated, for example, SameSite cookie changes, older security protocols like TLS 1.0/1.1 and third-party cookies. This information will enable IT administrators to work with developers to plan required tech migrations before the deprecation goes into effect.
This feature will be released in our Trusted Tester program as early as Chrome 120. If you’re interested in helping us test this feature, you can sign up for the Chrome Enterprise Trusted Tester program here.
- As early as Chrome 121 on Linux, Mac, Windows
- Chrome crash report
As early as Chrome 122, you will be able to visualize crash events in the Admin console using the new Chrome crash report page. In this report, you will find a dynamic chart representing Chrome crash events over time, grouped by versions of Chrome. Additional filtering is available for the following fields: OS platforms, Chrome channels and dates. This report will help you proactively identify potential Chrome issues within your organization.
This feature will be released in our Trusted Tester program as early as Chrome 121. If you’re interested in helping us test this feature, you can sign up for the Chrome Enterprise Trusted Tester program here.
- Chrome 121 on Linux, Mac, Windows: Trusted Tester program
- Chrome 122 on Linux, Mac, Windows: Feature rolls out
Previous release notes
Chrome version & targeted Stable channel release date
|Chrome 119: October 25, 2023|
|Chrome 118: October 4, 2023|
|Chrome 117: September 8, 2023|
|Chrome 116: August 9, 2023|
|Previous release notes →|
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