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.
Microsoft has released details of its rumoured Spartan browser project, and confirms a move towards standards used by other, more modern, browsers.
A team of former Opera developers along with their ex-CEO Jon von Tetzchner have created a new browser called Vivaldi.
The SFHTML5 group recently had a meeting discussing HTML5 technologies for creating virtual reality experiences – WebGL, WebVR, Three.js, GLAM –, and the current development status for implementing support for them in Firefox and Chrome. The idea is to bring the entire web into the VR experience.
The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”