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  • Warren: Google’s experimental change to Chrome crashed the browser

    Posted on November 15th, 2019 at 06:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lest you think Windows gets all the fun parts…

    Tom Warren at the Verge is reporting:

    Google left thousands of machines in businesses with broken Chrome browsers this week, following a silent experimental change. Business users accessing Chrome through virtual machine environments like Citrix kept seeing white screens on open Chrome tabs, blocking access to the browser and leaving it totally unresponsive.

    Ends up Google flipped a bit on some machines to enable a feature called WebContents Occlusion. Kaboom.

    I really like this quote from an admin who got hit:

    “Do you [Google] see the impact you created for thousands of us without any warning or explanation? We are not your test subjects. We are running professional services for multi million dollar programs.”

    Welcome to my world….