Connect for Chrome Release Notes


The latest version of Connect will be available on the GA date from:
School Manager > Configuration > Agent Downloads.


Connect for Chrome 3.2.0 (June 2024)

Beta: 25th June | GA: 11th July 2024

What's New

  • We are adding Connect for Chrome v3 to the Chrome Webstore to align with Google’s requirements for Chrome extensions.

  • Devices running Chrome OS 110 and above will automatically update to Connect for Chrome version 3.2.0. 

  • We have contacted customers with devices below Chrome OS 110 about this update, and they will remain on version 2.4.1.


Connect for Chrome 3.1.2 (June 2024)

Beta: 4th June | GA: 11th July 2024

What's New

  • We have improved our monitoring capabilities for Classwize. We can better identify and resolve problems causing inconsistency and instability, which means a smoother and more reliable experience.

  • We have added a Send Diagnostics feature that allows you to submit console logs directly from the extension to Linewize. This addition helps our developers quickly identify and resolve Connect extension related issues.

  • We resolved an issue causing some devices to enter Fallback Mode incorrectly.


Connect for Chrome 3.1.1 (May 2024)

GA: 6th May 2024

What's New

  • We rebranded the extension from using Family Zone to Linewize logos.
  • The extension previously didn't enrol with striped domain usernames. Now, we've enabled authentication with striped domains.
  • We resolved issues related to Classwize Tools, Safe Search, and configuration retrieval when using the extension on Chromebooks.


Connect for Chrome Education 2.4.0 (April 2024)

Beta: 5th April | EA: 8th April | GA: 19th April 2024

What's New

  • We improved Classwize browser tab management, enhancing user experience and minimising distractions.
  • Blank browser tabs and blocked pages are automatically removed at the end of Focus sessions.
  • Websites prompting users to save before closing will no longer interfere with Rules and Pause functionality.


Connect for Chrome Education 2.3.2 (February 2024)

Beta: 12th February | EA: 12th February | GA: 20th February 2024

What's New

On Chromebooks:

  • Empty Chrome tabs now upload a static image on the student tile.
    • When classes start, any student with a Chrome tab open will immediately show activity on the student tile. The active tab may be blank, but the background tabs will also show, providing full visibility of student activity.
  • Student tiles no longer timeout, resulting in less “Waiting on Student Activity”.
    • During an active class, when students open any tab, including empty Chrome tabs (for example, chrome://newtab), the student tile will remain active and show activity, no longer timing out and reverting to “waiting on student activity.”
  • Popups within websites will now display on the student tile and in Live View.
    • If Chrome opens a pop-up that is the active tab on a user’s device, Classwize displays it on the user’s tile and Live View as a separate tab.


Connect for Chrome Education 2.3.1 (February 2024)

Beta: 30th January | EA: 1st February | GA: 8th February 2024

What's New

  • We have resolved an issue with Classwize so that student tiles will display activity as soon as a scheduled class starts.


Older Release Notes (2023)

Older Release Notes (2023)

Connect for Chrome Education 2.3.0 (December 2023)

GA: 21 December 2023

What's New

  • We improved Classwize Focus functionality for a smoother experience.
    • When a teacher creates a Focus, the new tab opens on a student's device only if a student does not already have the tab with that Focus open.
    • When a tab matches the Focus URL or domain, the tab is left open.
    • When a Focus ends, the Focus tabs open and restore only the closed ones (those that closed when the Focus started).
    • When a Focus ends, all blocked page tabs are closed.
    • If the student closes all Focus tabs that match a Focus domain and then a teacher edits the Focus by adding or removing a URL or domain, the Focus will be updated on the student's device.
  • We fixed Safe Guard blocking, allowing access to public Wi-Fi.
  • We improved the way we store and send connections in the Connect extension.


Connect for Chrome Education 2.2.4 (November 2023)

GA: 30th November 2023

What's New

  • Connection reports now show the Serial Number of Chromebooks. You can find the Serial Numbers of Chromebooks in the Machine Name field in Advanced Connection reports.
  • We have resolved an issue of Classwize duplicating tabs upon unpausing. Pausing and unpausing students in Classwize should now function as expected, with no duplicate tabs opening on unpause.
  • Fixes have been implemented in Classwize to enhance the Focus functionality. Using Focus in Classwize will no longer result in the opening of duplicate tabs with the same URL. When you end focus, it will only reopen the initial tabs that were present when the focus started.


Connect for Chrome Education 2.1.9 (February 2023)

GA: 9th February 2023

What's New

  • We decreased the installer size by approximately 40 MB, ensuring a faster and more efficient download and installation process.
  • We enhanced performance and readability by removing unnecessary data from reports.
  • We reduced polling frequency to improve system performance and reduce network load

Older Release Notes (2022)

Older Release Notes (2022)

Connect for Chrome Community 1.3.4 (September 2022)

What's New

  • This release fixes an issue that could prevent students from accessing Google Docs when they were at home or out of school hours.


Connect for Chrome Community 1.3.3 (September 2022)

What's New

  • This release of the Linewize Connect for Chrome Extension - Community 1.3.3 includes support for Railway Switch when manually enrolling a student.


Connect for Chrome Education 2.1.0 (September 2022)

What's New

  • Stop Chromebook users signing into non-School Google accounts
    • Our new safety feature allows schools to stop users from signing into non-school Google accounts and domains, including users’ personal Gmail accounts.
    • IT administrators can create a list of official domains of the school, district, state, or approved providers, and any accounts that do not match these domains cannot log in. Support is coming for Windows and Mac.
  • Improved performance and reduced CPU use by the extension
    • We’ve optimized the way the Connect Chrome extension gets its filtering policy from the cloud. This resulted in faster page load times and reduction in CPU use when the policy is processed.
  • Support for Smoothwall
    • We’re extending our class management support to Smoothwall for our users in the UK.
  • We’ve fixed an issue with screenshots that caused rate limiting to switch on.
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