Google has revealed this week that they will be dropping the the Wewbkit browser engine and turning to Google Chrome Blink engine.
The announcement by Google Chrome team has come shortly after Mozilla and Samsung announced that they were teaming up to create a new browser engine called Servo, built on Rust.
Opera has also announced that it to will be moving its browser development from Webkit to the Blink browser engine, indicating that change is coming to the browser market and making developers a little concerned on the path browser will take in the near future.
However Paul Irish and Paul Lewis, members of the Google Chrome Developer Relations team have been trying to quell developers concerns, and will be hosting a video Q&A today at 1:00 p.m. PST at developers.google.com/live. However they also explained a little on why the change to Google Crome Blink :
“The fact Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, which has made it increasingly difficult to innovate while struggling to support all the other WebKit architectures.”- “allowing the development to do open-ended investigations into other performance improvement strategies. We want web applications to be as fast as possible.”-
“We’re keenly aware of the compatibility challenges faced by developers today, and will be collaborating closely with other browser vendors to move the web forward and preserve the interoperability that have made it a successful ecosystem.”-“It’s important to remember that WebKit is already not a homogenous target for developers. For example, features like WebGL and IndexedDB are only supported in some WebKit-based browsers,”
Source: Info World
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