ALERT! Google Chrome internet BLACKOUT likely coming

    Warnings are being sent out on a looming Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox internet BLACKOUT possibility.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 10:07 IST
    Google Chrome is to unleash a major upgrade in March. Google’s sites are configured to appear on a browser with 3 digit names.
    Google Chrome is to unleash a major upgrade in March. Google’s sites are configured to appear on a browser with 3 digit names. (Pixabayay)
    Google Chrome is to unleash a major upgrade in March. Google’s sites are configured to appear on a browser with 3 digit names.
    Google Chrome is to unleash a major upgrade in March. Google’s sites are configured to appear on a browser with 3 digit names. (Pixabayay)

    Google is likely to unleash a major upgrade in coming weeks that will block most websites across the world. Google Chrome 100 update is the latest one from the internet giant that is causing a concern. It is speculated to launch next month. As per reports, once the Google Chrome update is rolled out, it could wreak havoc on the internet because of Chrome's new name and the way websites interact with this popular software. As per the reports, most online sites are configured to appear on a browser with a two-digit name- Google's current Chrome variant is called 98. So, in effect, what people may be looking at, in a worst case scenario, is a Google Chrome Internet blackout. If that happens, users will be left totally in the darkness regarding their connectivity. After the Google Chrome update is rolled out, all the online sites will have to switch to three digits and that too in the coming weeks.

    This glitch will be similar to the millennium bug, which caused a havoc back in 1999, before a solution was found. That had made even the top experts at the best tech companies worry that the year 2000 would send PCs across the world into an irreversible meltdown. All because 1999 changed to 2000 - an all-new bumber. That caused some sites to show errors and become completely unviewable to the public.

    Though, it's not clear how badly the coming Google Chrome upgrade will affect websites next month, Mozilla, in one of its blog posts has written, “Major version 100 is a big milestone for both Chrome and Firefox. It also has the potential to cause breakage on websites as we move from a two-digit to a three-digit version number.”

    According to Mozilla, internet browsers like Firefox and Chrome have already started doing experiments to help detect possible website breakages. These tests will continue to run until the release of the updated three digit version. Users are advised to be prepared for some turbulence during your usual web-browsing sessions in March.

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    First Published Date: 22 Feb, 14:26 IST
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