Chrome 88 removes Flash, FTP and drastically limits JavaScript

Chrome 88 is coming, and with it some new things. The first version delivered without any Adobe Flash Player component will “drastically” limit JavaScript timers that execute code without your knowledge in the background. Support for the FTP protocol is discontinued. We take stock of the release notes and how to download it.

Chrome 88

Good news everyone! Google has started rolling out the stable version of Chrome 88 on all platforms. This new version mainly contains new features for developers. We can for example talk about manifest v3, the new set of programming standards, which is arriving in browser extensions. For the user, there is indeed an interest, since developers will now have to put more effort into ensuring your privacy, security and performance in their extensions.

A new CSS property appeared to simplify the design of pages. This is the “aspect-ratio” property. This allows you to specify the format of an image, video or any other element without specifying a size in pixels, cm, mm or in percentage. What to avoid endless calculations and especially to simplify the deployment of responsive designs. In addition, Chrome 88 now limits the ability of pages to open new tabs in the background and improves control of games in the browser, when you only have your mouse.

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But the novelty that will undoubtedly have the most consequence is a new policy around JavaScript code – more particularly JavaScript timers. These code snippets allow you to program the execution of code at specific times. This can result, for example, in periodic refreshes, or the appearance of new pages, after a certain period of time. The problem is, this type of code consumes way too many resources. Google therefore chose to ring the end of recess.

This will of course have to be verified in independent tests. Note that Chrome 88 removes support for the FTP protocol which used to consult volumes and folders on the network directly in the browser. The new version of Chrome is in the process of being rolled out, which means there is normally nothing to be done to receive it. If you are really in a hurry, there is still a solution: go directly to the Google Chrome download page.