The delays in the application of the onerous Manifest V3the new version of the “conditions” under which Chromium extensions and derivative browsers will be governed, read practically all except Firefox, although even it will adopt it in part, they continue to happen and Microsoft Edge has confirmed that it will do the same, following the Chrome example.
We were talking this morning about the Microsoft browser due to its withdrawal of support for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, something on the other hand sung and in which it will also continue the position marked by the king of the segment, Chrome, and here is the same thing about the same, although the underlying situation is very different.
As we remind you from time to time, Manifest V3 is made up of a set of new APIs designed to improve the performance of the browser, although this will not be the case in all cases. One of these APIs will be in charge of limiting the extensions’ access to browser resources, such as the number of rules that can be applied to each extension, among other changes.
The main effect of the new specification, and the reason why it has been surrounded by controversy since its proposal, is the bypass ad blocker extensionswhich Google -mainly responsible for the development of Chromium and the company that has the most publicity and, therefore, the most interests on the Web- denies and treats it as an unwanted side effect.
The point is that the changes that Manifest V3 brings are mostly beneficial, to the point that Firefox will adopt them, without affecting the use of ad blockers. Of course Firefox can afford it. The ones that can’t seem to afford the choice are the Chromium derivativessince it is not a mere tweak in the code, but an intricate feature at the very base of the browser.
Thus, the only one of the Chromium-derived browsers that will not be affected by the change is Brave, although it is not available either, at least for the moment, to ensure that the Chrome Store extensions, developed by millions of users around the world, will continue to work as before.
And just the most delicate aspect, such as the limitation on type extensions adblock, it doesn’t make much sense, considering that Brave’s anti-tracking and advertising system is built into the browser and is the most powerful available. It surpasses it and not in everything, the popular uBlock.
Returning to the news that concerns us and based on the decision made by Google, which is not the first time it has taken it, there are several accumulated delays with strange excuses behind it, but with increasing opposition from third parties, Microsoft Edge will do exactly the same… because it has no other, it should be added.
In fact, Microsoft Edge is the only one of the Chromium derivatives that has never taken a stand against Manifest V3. All in all, the fact that “adblocks” will stop working in Chromium in 2023 is going to the fridge, at least until 2024. We’ll see what happens then.