Google Chrome could be making some big changes to your favorite extensions

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Following the launch of Manifest V3 earlier this year, Google has now set a timeline for when Google Chrome extensions using an older version of its extension platform will no longer be supported.

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First announced back in October of 2018, Manifest V3 is a set of changes to the Chromium open-source browser engine and WebExtensions API that change the way browser extensions work with Chrome, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, Edge, and other Chromium – based browser.

The development of Google’s extension platform was designed to take into account the changing web landscape and the future of browser extensions. Manifest V3 is not only more secure than its predecessor, it also offers better performance and is more privacy-preserving.

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Over the past few months, Google has been hearing feedback from its developer community and as a result, the search giant has introduced additional mechanisms for new scripting APIs, while also expanding the declarative Net Requests API with support for multiple static rules, Filtering based on tab ID and session-scoped rules.

Manifest V2. phase out

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Following the release of Manifest v3 with the launch of Chrome 88 earlier this year, Google has now informed developers of key dates to keep in mind about the phase-out of Manifest v2 in a new blog post.

Starting January 17 of the following year, the new Manifest V2 extensions will no longer be accepted by the Chrome Web Store. However, developers will still be able to push updates to existing Manifest V2 extensions after this date. However in January of 2023, Google Chrome will no longer run Manifest V2 extensions and developers will not be able to push any further updates to existing Manifest V2 extensions.

Going forward, Google plans to launch an in-memory storage option for Manifest V3 with support for dynamically configurable content scripts and other new capabilities.

These changes will benefit Chrome users who have added extensions to their browser as extensions designed to take advantage of Manifest V3 will be more secure and perform better while providing additional privacy protections.

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