|Microsoft Supports asm.js|
|Written by Ian Elliot|
|Thursday, 19 February 2015|
Currently most asm.js is generated by compiling C/C++ programs. As asm.js gets more support additional tools are certain to emerge making it possible to write in more than just C/C++.
The blog post announing this points out that adding asm.js support was in the top ten most requested features on IE Suggestion Box on UserVoice.
As the blog post from the Chakra team says:
Amongst other similar initiatives, asm.js as a technology has two key characteristics that we like:
Now the real question is why don't Apple and Google see things this way?
The answer to this is fairly clear. Apple presumably doesn't really want web apps to run as fast as native apps because this would compromise its app store revenues. Google has a system that allows native code to run sandboxed in the browser. This also has a degree of platform independence via an intermediate language and JIT compiler. However, Chrome is the only browser that supports it.
Now that both Microsoft and Mozilla support asm.js, Google might shift its position. After all it isn't going to do Chrome any good to be left out of "runs on IE and Firefox" and adding asm.js support doesn't mean that it has to drop its native interface.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2015 )|