Microsoft Taps Adobe for a Better Windows 10 Web Browsing Experience

Microsoft Taps Adobe for a Better Windows 10 Web Browsing Experience

Among the many things you might consider when you think about Adobe (be nice!), the one that definitely holds true is the company's attention to graphics. But, what you may not know, according to Microsoft, is that Adobe has been a major contributor to open source browser engines like WebKit, Blink, and Gecko. Microsoft seems to blame its own reluctance to allow external partners to take part in Internet Explorer for the browser's seeming demise. In a blog post, the company says this…

In the past, it was challenging for them (or anyone external to Microsoft) to make contributions to the Internet Explorer code base. As a result, as Adobe improved the Web platform in other browsers, but couldn't bring the same improvements to Microsoft's platform.

In the same post, Microsoft also outs Adobe as a contributor to its forthcoming second web browser, known only as codename Project Spartan for now.

One of the first milestones comes in Adobe's first contribution that is shown in the latest Windows 10 Preview, Build 10041. The milestone is support for CSS gradient midpoints and is part of an upcoming new images open spec for CSS.

Its apparent Microsoft is taking a very different tact as it is developing Project Spartan by allowing external partners to help contribute. Let's just hope Microsoft isn't counting on Adobe for browser security. Two words I'd definitely love to see never related to web browsing again is "Flash" and "Zero Day." Well, and JavaScript…

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