Microsoft’s Chakra Will Soon Support Mozilla’s Asm.js
A subnet of Java called Asm.js from Mozilla is only available for Firefox until now. However, that will soon change as Microsoft’s Chakra team has revealed that Asm.js is currently in development. The technology will be used in the upcoming Windows 10.
The news was revealed by Microsoft in a post that also stated this being among the most requested features by devs, so the Chakra team decided in favor of its implementation. This will give a boost to Asm.js and more developers will get interested in the technology.
Microsoft’s Chakra team stated in the post:
Over the last few months we’ve taken a close look at asm.js as a technology, related technologies, and what they entail for the Web at large. While challenging to write by hand, asm.js is leveraged principally by transpiling C/C++ code to run on the Web platform, utilizing technologies such as WebGL and Web Audio.
The team further added:
Asm.js is a clear step towards enabling near-native performance for the Web platform, which is why we’re excited to bring it to Chakra in an upcoming release.”
Internet Explorer was once a dominant force but over time with the release of Chrome and FireFox, it gained a reputation of a sluggish, slow browser which refuses to keep up with latest Web technologies. Now, Microsoft is going in a new direction with Spartan browser in Window 10. Microsoft’s adaption of Asm.js will surely be beneficial for Spartan as well.
Apart from this, the technology will make it easier and faster to port mobile and desktop games to browser. If Asm.js wasn’t implemented, it’s likely we would have seen stuttering and other issues with such games.
All in all a great decision by Microsoft. As for our readers, you can share your opinions about this move from MS in the comments below.