In order to ship new features and bug fixes faster to its users, Chrome is speeding up its release cycle.
In order to match Chrome’s new release cadence, V8 will also start to tag a major release branch every 4 weeks (instead of the previous 6). Every second major release branch will also be maintained for 8 weeks for embedders who prefer to stay on a less frequent update schedule.
To learn more about the motivation and the details, check out the Chromium blog post.
This change will start rolling out in Q3 of 2021, tentatively targeting Chrome 94 / V8 v9.4 as the launch milestone.
For releases that contain interesting changes in terms of language support or optimizations, we’ll continue publishing blog posts on v8.dev to keep developers and embedders up-to-date.