Chrome and Firefox will reach version 100 in a couple of months. Reaching version 100 should be a milestone for a web browser, but there is concern about how some websites will respond to the triple-digit version numbers, which they feel may not be capable of reading.
What will be the actual problem?
Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox are all inching closer to the release of their 100th version. While this may look like a nice round number to a user, it also has the potential to introduce bugs or create compatibility issues for certain websites. Developers have been preparing for this moment for a while now, but they still need help.
They’ve stated “ In the first half of 2022, Chrome will reach a three-digit major version number: 100! When browsers first reached version 10 many eons ago, lots of issues were discovered with User-Agent parsing libraries as the major version number went from one digit to two. Now that we are approaching version 100 in both Chrome and Firefox, with Edge not far behind, we want to detect possible issues related to three-digit version numbers early, so we are ready when it becomes a reality.”
Google and Mozilla are both working on ways to mitigate any potential issues that may arise, for example by freezing the major version to 99 and reporting it in the minor version part of the user-agent string. Both Firefox and Chrome have been running experiments where current versions of the browser report being at major version 100 to detect possible website breakage.
This has led to a few reported issues, some of which have already been fixed. These experiments will continue to run until the release of version 100. Read our latest article on the windows 11 update.