Microsoft introduces new browser Edge that uses latest HTML5 and JavaScript …

Microsoft now eliminates two most ancient technologies and browsers used, talking about the internet explorer. The introduction of Edge browser is expected this summer accompanied by the most awaited Windows 10, there will be no internet explorer, and the add-ons of the browser will be contingent on latest technologies HTML5 and JavaScript.

In the previous announcements, Microsoft made it very clear that the Edge will eliminate internet explorer and it will have almost all the features of internet explorer 11. Some discussion of alternate add-on model was also talked about which will not be ActiveX supported.

Talking about the IE’s proprietary, it is important to have add-on and extension framework. ActiveX is useful for other browser makers too such as Mozilla (Firefox), Google (Chrome). These add-ons are very helpful in extending the functionality on mobile devices. BHOs are thought out to be the plug-ins which is integrated with the browser. The toolbars present in the browsers are actually an advanced form of the BHOs.

The presence of BHOs and ActiveX is very ancient. It dates back to 1996-1997, in the early era there were many problems regarding the security and abusive use of these BHOs and ActiveX. Both of the technologies are specifically for Windows.

“The need for ActiveX controls has been significantly reduced by HTML5-era capabilities, which also produces interoperable code across browsers,” Microsoft noted on its new Edge development blog.

“This is another good example of how Microsoft has been disrupted by the fast-changing industry,” said IDC analyst Al Gillen in a podcast recorded during Microsoft’s Build developers’ conference two weeks ago. Gillen from ActiveX said, “locked IE into the past because of its proprietary nature and early success, which Microsoft felt had to be supported with each new IE to please the mostly enterprise customers who relied on the technology.”

Gillen further said that Edge is ready to replace the old Internet Explorer browser in the upcoming version of Windows named Windows 10. It will have a strong legacy support. The add-ons used by Microsoft will now be based on cutting technology like HTML5 and JavaScript.0

Earlier, Microsoft said that Chrome and Firefox add-ons built from HTML5 and JavaScript would need “virtually no work” to run in Edge.

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