Old Chrome Manifest V2 extensions will be disabled in 2024

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An anonymous reader cites a report from 9to5Google: With Manifest V3, Google wants to make extensions more secure by prioritizing privacy, but was initially critical for the impact on ad blockers. The Chrome team has since added new features in response and is ready to disable old Manifest V2 extensions in 2024. Google will begin automatically disabling Manifest V2 extensions in Chrome Dev, Canary, and Beta starting June 2024 (Chrome 127+). Likewise, Chrome Web Store installations will no longer be possible. Developers are encouraged to update and migrate before this date.

This will be rolled out gradually, with Google taking user feedback and data into account to “ensure Chrome users understand the change and the actions they can take to find alternative, up-to-date extensions.” (Google said in a statement:) “We expect it will take at least a month to observe and stabilize changes in the pre-stable before expanding the rollout to the Chrome stable channel, where it will also be rolled out gradually over time. time. The exact timeline may vary depending on the data collected, and during this time we will keep you informed of our progress.” This was originally supposed to happen in 2023, but Google spent this year closing the feature gap between Manifest V2 and V3 (…).

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