The Servo browser, built from scratch by Mozilla Research, has matured to the point where nightly builds are available for download. The group hopes to broaden the browser's reach so that they can quickly improve its web compatibility and performance.
Microsoft boasts that users of its Edge web browser see improved battery performance over other browsers. In addition, the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition will bring even greater battery efficiency improvements in the browser.
Apple has announced that the next version of Safari will block Flash and other legacy plug-ins by default. The browser will trick websites into thinking that Flash isn't available resulting in a user prompt to install Flash.
A new part of Angular 2, the Angular Mobile Toolkit, brings together tools and techniques to help developers make their web apps feel more native. In a session at ng-conf 2016, Jeff Cross and Alex Rickabaugh showed how to use three of these techniques to build a "progress web app".
The launch of Google's AMP project looms this month and not everyone is excited. The project describes Accelerated Mobile Pages as "an initiative to improve the mobile web and enhance the distribution ecosystem." Aram Zucker-Scharff, lead developer for PressForward, says "If Google sees itself as a custodian of the open web then, up to this point, it has proven to be a rather poor one."
The long, painful death of Adobe's Flash continues, with Google announcing the company's display network will soon stop running Flash ads. In an official post the company said "to enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5."
Microsoft is to stop supporting IE 8, 9 and 10, inviting users to switch to IE 11 or Edge.
Angular Material 1.0 has been released.
Mozilla has created and open sourced A-Frame, a framework for creating VR scenes for the desktop browser, smartphone and Oculus Rift.
Adobe have announced the end of Flash Professional, replacing it with Animate CC -- a "premier web animation tool for developing HTML5 content".
WordPress.com has replaced PHP with web technologies and a RESTful back-end API for the administration console.
The roll out of the first major update to Windows 10 includes the latest rendering engine for Microsoft's Edge browser. EdgeHTML 13 includes a number of HTML5 and CSS features and is a good sign that Microsoft can continually update their newest browser.
The Riot.js core team has released version 2.3, describing it as "a big step forward" for the React-like micro-library. The major 2.3 release organises the code base into six different modules: compiler, tmpl, observable, route, core and cli, meaning that if developers want to use just a part of the framework like the riot-route or the riot-observable they can do it without using riot at all.
Measuring the performance of single page applications (SPAs) presents some unique challenges. Philip Tellis, author of the boomerang library and Chief Architect at SOASTA, and Nicholas Jansma, senior engineer at SOASTA, deep-dived into the subject at the Velocity conference in Amsterdam, providing context and specific advice on how to measure performance for that kind of web applications.