Microsoft’s Frank Oliver has a nice write-up on the importance of browser interoperability and what the browser team has done with Microsoft Edge.
The Best of the Internets
A bit from Akamai’s Guy Podjarny on the high cost of images and what you can (and should) do about it.
Images are also the single biggest resource type on a page, making up 63% of overall page weight. If we removed all images from the top 1,000 websites, these sites would load 30% faster on average over 3G.
- Scroll snapping (see also David Storey’s write-up on this)
- Some ECMAScript 6
- CSS Filters
- Removing some vendor prefixes
- Pinned sites
- Force touch
- HTML Video picture in picture
Overall I’m kind of meh on the updates. I was hoping for more.
As a security precaution, Microsoft Edge uses network isolation by default. You can override it via the command line right now, but it will be in
about:flags in the future.
I wonder how many app developers will needlessly flip this switch and cut off every iOS device that doesn’t have a 64 bit processor. Given that with every new phone release, sales of the old ones spike, the folks that buy the older models may be a little miffed to find out the apps they want to use have decided it’s inconvenient to support them.
The New York Times is training every employee that mobile matters. I wish more companies would do this!
I love that Opera is building its browser for as many platforms as possible. OS X and Windows of course, but they are also on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Java ME, Bada, Windows Mobile, Zeebo, and now Windows Phone.
Go Opera go!
Greg Whitworth shares the status of
srcset in Microsoft Edge along with what’s coming (and a request that you update Picturefill if you’re using it).
Brilliant post on progressive enhancement for performance. Well worth a read.
Chris Wilson is dead-on with this post. The web isn’t native, but it can do native-like things really well and with less friction for our users.
The web… excels at just-in-time interaction, as it IS hassle-free. But it’s a natural progression to enable users to move that onto their home screen, and let them get notifications and other engagement features if they so desire. This is still the web, though – I don’t need to have the NYT app open just to read the article at a link I followed. There are also app-like behaviors you may want occasionally too, e.g. a “what’s near me?” app. There’s an assumption that app-like behaviors demand native, and that the web is for documents.