Will co-develop a new binary format.
It’s nice to see tech giants that are usually competing with one another coming together to work on something that will benefit users all over the globe. The most recent example comes from a new announcement, which details the forthcoming partnership between Mozilla, Microsoft, WebKit engineers and others.
Now here is something that should impact the vast majority of people that decided to give Microsoft Edge a try. According to the latest report, the software giant has partnered with Dolby to bring some of the audio technologies to its web browser.
So how exactly is this beneficial? Well, if you have a surround system hooked up then developers will be able to leverage it and enhance your overall listening experience, yes, even thorough the web browser. However, the good news don’t stop there. What if you have a regular laptop with not so great speakers, headphones or just a PC that utilizes simple 2.1 setup? Thanks to the new Dolby Digital Plus mode that is coming with Windows 10, you should be getting a much clearer and louder audio as well. Or to put it simply, everybody wins.
Yesterday, during its annual developers conference (Build 2015), Microsoft has revealed that (unfortunately) they won’t name Internet Explorer successor Spartan. Instead the team has decided to call the new browser under its rendering engine name: Microsoft Edge.
In addition to that, the new icon has been revealed and boy does it look familiar…
Lastly, a promo video has been posted so here it is:
And take a look at the list of Spartan related sessions.
If you are eager to find out what’s new in Project Spartan (as well as in other, Microsoft related products), then good news, the software giant will be streaming its Build 2015 conference live and you can watch it here!
When does it start? In 8 hours, and the timer is also available on the very same page so you will know the exact time in your country.
Get your debuggers going.
It looks like Microsoft has finally decided to borrow one of the Google’s ideas: rewards for finding serious web browser bugs.
While the rewards program is not exactly new in the software giant campus, those who wanted to do some serious debugging for the Project Spartan will finally be rewarded the right way: up to $15,000 for a security vulnerability.
The bad news? The clock is ticking and this is not exactly a campaign for a lifetime. Instead, the Project Spartan Bug Bounty will end on June 22, 2015.
Thanks to Microsoft.
Even though Microsoft and Google are always fighting these weird battles (at least when it comes to the Internet drama, from Scroogled campaigns to Windows Phone users blocking), it looks like the search giant has seen the light and will be implementing some of the Microsoft technologies.
The technology we’re talking about is Pointer Events API, which is already used in the Internet Explorer, Opera and Firefox.
Despite obvious benefits such as improved scrolling due to a combination of touch and mouse events into a single set, Google has resisted the change and focused on improving their own APIs instead. However, the pressure from the developers did change their mind
More open than ever.
Adobe, a company that has created one of the most brilliant (Photoshop) and currently one of the most hated (Adobe Flash) pieces of software, has announced a partnership with Microsoft, where they will contribute to Spartan’s code base.
If you didn’t know, Adobe is actually one of the major contributors to WebKit, Blink and Gecko engines, so this partnership is a welcome step in the right direction.
Joins Google and Amazon.
It looks like Microsoft is one of many big names that are now too paying the company behind everyone’s beloved AdBlock Plus extension.
According to the report by Financial Times, the Bing Ads will now be unblocked by default all thanks to the recently struck deal, which includes an undisclosed amount of money.
The software giant has also confirmed the change with the following statement:
If you have not installed Windows 10 on your PC and still want to play with Microsoft’s new rendering engine (Edge) then here’s another option: grab a preview build of Windows Phone 10, which was just released.
However, in case you are wondering whether or not this build includes Spartan, it does not. Instead, just like in Windows 10, Internet Explorer is still a default web browser but with a new engine. On a positive note, IE will be replaced with Spartan in future builds.
Yahoo! is to blame.
If you are wondering about the lasting effects in the search industry then here’s an update for you. Last month, we have reported that Yahoo! has managed to triple its worldwide market share (from 3.52% to 9.31%).
Now, it looks like the Mozilla’s deal is bringing even more dividends as for the first time since 2008, Google’s market share has gone below the 75% mark while Yahoo! saw an increase.