The General Assembly of Ecma International has announced the approval of ECMA-262 6th edition, which is the Language Specification of ECMAScript 6 (ES6), also known as ECMAScript 2015.
Google has released Chrome 44 beta: with updates including new ES6 features and improved notification capabilities. The latest beta release for the OS brings computed property names, allowing expression for property names in object literals and class literals.
Microsoft Edge started as a IE fork but later departed considerably from it in an attempt to break with the past and legacy Internet technologies, removing 200K LoC but adding other 300K. Microsoft says they want “better interoperability with other modern browsers, improved performance, security & reliability, and reduced code complexity.”
Facebook has released React v0.13, bringing with it support for ES6 classes, as well as new top-level APIs and breaking changes for JSX.
Node.js has released version 0.12, its first significant release since 2013's 0.10. The much-anticipated version 0.12, once described as "imminent" in January 2014, comes with a raft of Module and JS API changes, an updated version of V8, and many debugging enhancements. Significantly, it also comes with initial support for ECMAScript Internationalization API 1.0 (ECMA-402).
CoffeeScript 1.9 has finally introduced support for long awaited generators, which promise to prevent callback hell and help writing async code.
The io.js team has released version 1.0 -- but the versioning does not suggest the platform is "production ready." Despite overtaking Node, io.js clarifies the release in its own FAQ: "The choice to release as 1.0.x was not to signify that io.js should be considered production-ready, but because it was a significant enough release from Node.js to warrant a major version increment," it says.
The service worker browser feature holds promise for developers looking to make their web apps feel more like native apps. Running in the background and without user interaction, service workers enable advanced scenarios such as offline functionality, cache, background sync, geofencing, and push notifications.