This article outlines some of the performance optimizations done for the Chakra engine and the Octane and Jet Stream benchmark results for Edge, Chrome and Firefox.
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.
Google is going to make Pointer Events the main event type in Chrome, joining ranks with Microsoft, Firefox and leaving out Apple.
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.
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 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.
Google's Chrome team has released the stable version of Chrome 39: with updates including the Web Application Manifest specification, Beacon API, and support for ES6 generators.
Google has added support for the
Mozilla has implemented the protocol adapters that enable remote debugging in Chrome for desktop or Android and Safari/iOS. They are to be integrated into WebIDE.
Google Chrome no longer supports window.showModalDialog, breaking several enterprise apps such as OWA, EAC, SAP, and others.