Google announced Manifest V3 in 2019 as a new capabilities and permissions framework for Chrome extensions. This new manifest would introduce stricter rules to upgrade user data security and privacy. Manifest V3 hopes to achieve the following:
- Limit extension access to user network requests
- Force developers to include all functionality within extension which stops the practice of hosting code remotely.
- Move network request modifications from the extensions to the browser
- Replace background pages with dedicated service workers to improve browser performance.
While this update is focused on security and privacy it does pose some challenges for extension developers. All the current extensions on the marketplace will need to be updated if they use one of the changed features above. Some line of business apps rely on chrome extensions to operate and may break if they aren't updated in a timely fashion.
- Starting in January 2023 with Chrome 112 Google will run experiments to turn off support for Manifest V2 extensions in Beta channels.
- In June 2023 with Chrome 115 Google will run experiments to turn off support for Manifest V2 extensions in all channels including stable channel.
If your company currently uses Chrome extensions, we recommend testing and following up with vendors to ensure a seamless migration to Manifest V3. If an updated extension is available you should update as soon as possible and test that all functionality is operational. If any issues arise verify they are resolved before Manifest V2 is obsolete and removed from Chrome.
At Beringer, we understand the latest technologies around web browsers and how updates can change functionality. Reach out to our team if you have concerns or questions around how Google Chrome's migration to Manifest V3 will affect compatibility with your line of business applications.
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