Browser News

Asynchronous code gets easier with ES2016 Async Function support in Chakra and Microsoft Edge

September 30th, 2015

While we work on rounding out our ES6/ES2015 support, the Chakra team is already looking ahead to ES2016 and, especially, to Async Functions. Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of Async Functions in Microsoft Edge as an experimental feature, available to preview starting in Microsoft Edge (EdgeHTML 13.10547). ES7/ES2016 Async Functions The async and…

The DevRel team is busy!

September 28th, 2015

During the next few weeks, members of the Opera Developer Relations team are attending the following conferences: September 25–27: JSConf EU, Berlin September 26: CSSConf EU, Berlin October 5–7: Future of Web Apps, London October 8–9: Fronteers, Amsterdam If you’re there, come say hi! As always, you can track our upcoming conference cameos on Lanyrd.

Accessibility: Towards a more inclusive web with Microsoft Edge and Windows 10

September 25th, 2015

Microsoft is committed to accessibility as a core part of software design, and today we would like to share more about how Microsoft Edge is evolving to improve support for assistive technology beyond what was possible in Internet Explorer. Inclusive development is a journey, not merely a destination, and we are committed to continuing to…

Understanding versions in an evergreen browser

September 21st, 2015

The most recent Windows Insider Preview release (build 10547) contains a new set of features now available for Insiders to test – we encourage you to check out our Microsoft Edge changelog to see what’s new and try out the build for yourself via the Insider Program. Since Microsoft Edge is designed to be an…

ORTC API is now available in Microsoft Edge

September 18th, 2015

In October last year, we announced our intention to implement ORTC in Microsoft Edge with a focus on video and audio communications, and we have been hard at work on our implementation since then. Today, we are excited to announce that a preview version of our ORTC API implementation is available in the latest Windows…

Opera 32 released

September 15th, 2015

Opera 32 (based on Chromium 45) for Mac, Windows, and Linux is out! To find out what’s new for users, see our Desktop blog. Here’s what it means for web developers. ES6 arrow functions Arrow functions enable a more succinct way of defining functions. const numbers = [1, 2, 3]; // Let’s use the so-called…

Announcing VP9 support coming to Microsoft Edge

September 8th, 2015

Today, we’re excited to announce that WebM/VP9 support is now in development in Microsoft Edge. VP9 is an open source codec that offers efficient compression to stream HD content at lower bitrates, and is well suited to UHD streaming. Initial support for VP9 will be available in Windows Insider Preview builds soon. This is part of…

Opera Mini 11 for Android’s new compression mode

September 8th, 2015

Today, we released Opera Mini 11 for Android. It has two modes. By default, it starts in Extreme-compression mode. This is the traditional Opera Mini compression that can reduce a site down to 10% of its original size, using the Opera Presto rendering engine on a proxy server. As always, this means a trade-off between…

Houdini Task Force meeting report

September 4th, 2015

Houdini is a joint W3C Technical Architecture Group and CSS Working Group initiative to specify hooks into existing CSS. Its primary aim isn’t to give us “new CSS” but to add API hooks into the browsers’ built-in CSS capability so developers can hook into it, use the native implementation where we want (rather than duplicate…

Ending support for the RC4 cipher in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11

September 1st, 2015

Today, Microsoft is announcing the end-of-support of the RC4 cipher in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11. Starting in early 2016, the RC4 cipher will be disabled by-default and will not be used during TLS fallback negotiations. There is consensus across the industry that RC4 is no longer cryptographically secure. Our announcement aligns with today’s…

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