Category: Web Developing
Back in 2012, Microsoft has started working on Pointer Events, a new web standard (which is already marked as a Candidate Recommendation by W3C) that would allow web sites to accept inputs from quite a few different sources, such as a touchscreen and pen, has now gained even more traction.
Just before year’s end, Microsoft released a patch that brought Pointer Events specifications to all WebKit web browsers, followed by Blink patch earlier this year.
In order to calm down some of the most dedicated fans out there, Adam Minchinton, Opera developer for Mac, has issued a statement, claiming that there is a lot more to come and yes, they made a list of features that you demanded. Unfortunately, it was not shared publicly.
As far as release cycles go, gone are Beta and Alpha builds, instead we will get a yet another naming scheme just for the sake of it. I mean, why would you use clear and well known descriptions when you can make up random names like Aurora, Dev, Nightly, Next, you name it.
This is what we will get:
And one more thing…
How else can Google demonstrate its superiority? Display how WebP compares to JPEG or PNG, obviously. Without sacrificing the quality, WebP is able to achieve dramatic reduction in size by up to 34% when compared to JPEG and up to 26% when compared to PNG.
How many is too many?
When it comes to deep pockets, Microsoft is certainly one of the sugar daddies. However, while plenty of the companies spend an equal amount of money actually developing and improving their products, it looks like Microsoft’s latest approach is just to keep pushing ads, videos and some HTML5 web sites.
After all, who needs competitive features such as: synced tabs, updated Internet Options dialog that does not look like something from the 90s or even frequent releases? Everything is irrelevant when you choose to ignore competition and have big bucks to keep feeding your marketing machine.
The best part? According to the video, it took them only 3 days to do so, thanks to asm.js and Emscripten, which first appeared in Firefox 22 Alpha.