Web audio, media capture, ES6 promises, HTTP/2

Microsoft today announcement it is developing at least four new features for the next version of Internet Explorer: Web-sound API, Media Capture and Stream, The promises of ES6and HTTP/2. The company says this isn’t an exhaustive list of what to expect in the next release, just what it’s currently confident it will be able to deliver.

For those who don’t know, HTTP/2 is a faster protocol for transporting web content. It is based on Google’s SPDY open network protocol and is currently standardized by the IETF.

Web Audio is a JavaScript API for audio processing and synthesis in web applications, while Media Capture provides access to user’s local audio and video input/output devices. Promises is intended to help developers write cleaner asynchronous code.

Microsoft further claims that these features are part of its “commitment to providing interoperable implementations for the latest features of the modern web”. The company also mentions that “several other features” are very important, that it’s working on a plan to support them, and that developers can expect “more updates in the future.”

At the same time, Microsoft also took the opportunity to share its vision for the IE platform in the future: “The web should work for everyone: users, developers and businesses.” As such, the company stressed that it will continue to push more IE users to the latest version of the browser, invest in security features that provide broad mitigations to potential vulnerabilities, and continue to work on both on improving backwards capability as well as interoperability with the latest version. HTML5 features.

At its Build 2014 conference last month, Microsoft launched status.modern.ie, a site that shows developers what web technologies are supported in IE and what standards Microsoft is considering for future releases. Today, the site is coming out of beta, which the company is pushing forward with these improvements:

  • Open Sourced – after many developers expressed interest in contributing to the project, Microsoft created the entire site (including the data that supports it) available on GitHub under the Apache V2 license (see the Read me).
  • Improved search and filtering: The new “Interop” menu allows you to easily enter support interests into your browser to find available features.
  • Deep Linking – via HTML5 history and Angular routing, the site now lets you deep link to a feature you want to share with others.
  • Better mobile support and performance – Nearly 20% of visitors have come from mobile devices so far, and Microsoft has further optimized the site to ensure developers can get the latest browser status details when of their movements.

Today’s news is the start of another big Internet Explorer push from Microsoft. We’re very interested to see what the company has planned for IE12, or whatever it ends up calling the latest version of its browser.

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