Microsoft released Windows 10 back in 29th July,2015. This is the most successful OS from the company. Windows 10 has already seen more than 200 million PC installations. With Windows 10, Microsoft launched a brand new browser dubbed as Microsoft Edge which was earlier called as Project Spartan during the early builds of Windows 10 insider preview. After the official launch of Windows 10, company again released few more features in the November update of Windows 10.
Now company has again posted a blog about developers to develop some apps, extensions & plugin for Microsoft Edge browser.Many new changes are coming in Microsoft Edge. Upcoming changes are given below,
2016 priorities for EdgeHTML:
- Deliver a modern extension platform powered by web technologies and the Windows Store
- Empower all Microsoft Edge customers through accessibility and inclusive design
- Continue to reinforce Microsoft Edge fundamentals; security, performance and efficiency
- Build thoughtfully for the future of the web
- Embrace more channels for community feedback and participation
It was already made clear from Microsoft that they will be bringing Extensions support to Microsoft Edge browser.Extensions in Microsoft Edge will be vetted, delivered, and managed through the Windows Store. The company has already tried this internally and it may soon come to Insider Preview Builds. The company will soon share the details about availability of it.
Microsoft’s CEO Mr. Satya Nadella had a vision,”the web should just work for everyone” . The company is working on that vision with more & more accessibility to internet to more & more people around the globe. In the CEO’s vision, the word ‘Everyone’ not only means just every browser & every device,but every person, regardless of ability.
The main focus of Microsoft will be on the below listed points,
- Modernize our accessibility system to support HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows 10.
- Enable HTML and Core Accessibility API mappings.
- Provide Accessible Name and Description computation and API mappings.
- Add accessible HTML5 controls and new semantic elements.
- Improve high contrast support.
- Modernize caret browsing and new input modalities.
- Improve visual impairment readability, focus, and selection.
- Deliver developer tools for building and testing accessible sites.
Web developers will be developing codes which Edge has to support in a positive way. It should not be harmful to anyone.So the company is working hard along with developers to provide a proper functional extensions& plugins that are productive also. Focus on fundamentals will contain following points,
- Advance product security across multiple dimensions (lots of surprises coming).
- Enhance keyboard scrolling performance and interactivity.
- Isolate Adobe Flash into a separate process and pause unnecessary content.
- Continue to push the GPU boundaries through native Windows graphics.
- Improve background tab suspension, timers, and processing.
Building for the future of the web:
The company is working on to implement all the standards for a browsers that others are not following. Along with this, the company is working on Drag and Drop Directories which will make upload for existing folder easier.
Opening up to the community:
In addition to all this, the company is working on something very interesting , a web community. The company wants to talk directly through a web community. Web communities are always successful as there are many peoples in the community who listen & ask.
Other steps by Microsoft Edge team:
- FIDO 2.0: The company has worked with Google, PayPal, and others to submit FIDO 2.0 proposals to W3C in November for review. As the company gets approval on it, Microsoft Edge will allow you to use Windows Hello to log-in to web sites that adopt the APIs.
- Web Payments: This is another area where company is working and expecting very positive results in near future. W3C’s Web Payments Working Group is considering different proposals for an API that will allow integrated payments using services hosted by the browser.If this goes well, it will be a very useful change for devices with Windows Hello or any other security measures.