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Microsoft Edge Extension Toolkit Aims to Bring Chrome Extensions to Edge

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 13, 2016

A new tool for Windows 10 from Microsoft, the Edge Extension Toolkit, aims to make it easier to convert Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge extensions.

Microsoft Edge Get Extensions, Better JavaScript in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

by David Iffland on  Aug 04, 2016

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes the latest version of Microsoft's Edge web browser. The newest version supports extensions and Windows Hello, and includes a number of HTML5 and JavaScript features.

Mozilla's Servo Browser Now Available Nightly

by David Iffland on  Jul 07, 2016

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 Power Efficiency of Edge

by David Iffland on  Jun 21, 2016

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's Safari 10 Pretends Flash Doesn't Exist

by David Iffland on  Jun 16, 2016

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.

Google Chrome 51 Arrives with Intersection Observers, and Credential Management APIs

by James Chesters on  Jun 07, 2016

Google has launched Chrome 51, bringing with it intersection observers, passive event listeners and the credential management APIs -- as well as many security fixes.

WebKit, V8, and Edge Improve JavaScript Implementations

by David Iffland on  May 19, 2016

WebKit, V8, and Microsoft Edge have each gotten a little closer to supporting the full ES2015 (ES6) spec and beyond. WebKit was the first browser engine to reach 100% on the Kangax Compatibility Table while V8 and Edge each added more features to their implementations.

Flash Gets Sidelined in Google Chrome Proposal

by James Chesters on  May 17, 2016 1

Google have revealed plans to sideline Flash in their Chrome browser. In the draft proposal "HTML5 by Default" Chrome's technical program manager says "Later this year we plan to change how Chromium hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player. If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience."

GitHub Announces Electron 1.0, Devtron and Unlimited Private Repositories

by Abel Avram on  May 11, 2016

GitHub has announced the Electron 1.0 milestone and a new pricing model including unlimited private repositories for paid plans.

Firefox 46 Tackles Security Issues, Improves Performance

by James Chesters on  Apr 27, 2016

Mozilla has released Firefox 46, including improved security of the JavaScript JIT Compiler, and delaying Addon signing.

V8 JavaScript Engine 5.1 Brings More ECMAScript Compliance, WASM Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 27, 2016

Google has announced version 5.1 of its V8 JavaScript engine, which improves compliance with the ECMAScript 2017 draft specification and adds preliminary support for WASM, a low-level portable bytecode aimed to enable near-native execution speed.

Vivaldi 1.0: First Official Release

by James Chesters on  Apr 07, 2016

Vivaldi has released the first official release for its web browser built for – and with – the web. Launched in 2015 by the co-founder of Opera Software, Jon von Tetzchner, the browser is unique in being built using only web technologies.

Firefox Developer Edition Brings Popup Debugging

by James Chesters on  Mar 22, 2016

Mozilla has release Developer Edition 47 for Firefox, bringing new features to improve add-on debugging.

Microsoft Open Sources Chakra and Wants to Run Node.js on It

by Abel Avram on  Jan 14, 2016 1

True to their promise to open up the Edge’s JavaScript VM, Microsoft has made available the source code of Chakra under the permissive MIT license. Released under the name ChakraCore, the code is basically the same VM Microsoft uses for Edge and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) minus the bindings to Edge and UWP and some COM diagnostic APIs.

Microsoft Soon to End Support for IE 8, 9 and 10

by Abel Avram on  Jan 06, 2016

Microsoft is to stop supporting IE 8, 9 and 10, inviting users to switch to IE 11 or Edge.

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