Version 38 of Mozilla Firefox has been released, adding new HTML5 features and support for DRM-protected content on Windows.
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.”
Microsoft's new web browser, Edge, comes with new F12 developer tools built in TypeScript.
Ember.js users have voted overwhelmingly in favour of dropping support for Internet Explorer 8. Ember co-creator Tom Dale said "the vast majority of Ember users" were "comfortable" with giving up IE8 support in Ember 2.0. Dale went on to say that while there was also "enormous support for dropping IE9 support as well" the benefits were not "as strong".
As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.
Mozilla has released Firefox 37, bringing native playback of HTML5 video for Windows, and many security changes.
Google is going to make Pointer Events the main event type in Chrome, joining ranks with Microsoft, Firefox and leaving out Apple.
Microsoft has been developing their new web browser, codenamed Project Spartan for some time. Now the company has revealed that the name Internet Explorer is also going to be replaced-- both in name and in substance.
64-bit builds for Firefox Developer Edition are now available for the first time on Windows. Plans for the builds were announced back in November 2014, when Mozilla first released details of their developer edition browser. Firefox Developer Edition 38 also brings fresh support for Ruby, with CSS Ruby enabled by default, and support of HTML5 ruby tags.
Microsoft has provided new information on the reasoning behind the switch to a brand new rendering engine for Project Spartan, the web browser shipping with Windows 10. The new engine is a fork of Trident and eliminates swathes of code that have been in place for 20 years.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation for wide adoption, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it.
Facebook has open sourced Stetho, an Android debugging bridge enabling developers to debug their apps using Chrome DevTools.
The modern.IE Platform Status indicates that now asm.js is in Development. According to Microsoft, the Chakra engine in Windows 10 will support asm.js, and Microsoft has been collaborating with Mozilla to implement it faster. Chrome is going to support it via TurboFan, a new optimizing compiler for V8.
Google has made Android WebView available as a standalone application for developers willing to test it.