Microsoft is moving to an open source development strategy for its Edge web browser. Not only will further development rely on contributions from open source developers, Microsoft will start contributing to the core codebase that was created by Google, and continues to be the core of Google Chrome.
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Google recently released a beta version of Chrome 70. In addition to updates to its Web Authentication API, Chrome 70 includes access to the Shape Detection API through a Chrome origin trial. The API allows faces, barcodes, and text to be detected within images found on the web.
Chrome 68 is now a stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The latest Chrome 68 release includes new features and bug fixes. Earlier this year, Google announced its intention to provide a "Not secure" warning on HTTP sites. That warning has been implemented in Chrome 68.
Google has added a new AR API, the WebXR Hit Test API, to Chrome Canary, the version of Chrome where it tests bleeding edge, experimental functionality. The API is designed to "[help] immersive web code place objects in the real world" and provides a single API that performs a raycast.
Apple this week released Safari Technology Preview 54 for macOS Sierra and macOS High Sierra and it contains updates for Web APIs and WebRTC. Safari Technology Preview 54 contains a fix for the Clipboard API, Beacon API, and Web API, as well as two new improvements for WebRTC.
Mozilla Firefox 60, an upcoming version of the popular web browser that is expected to be released in May, will disable the W3C Proximity and Ambient Light APIs over fears that they could be abused by hackers and advertisers to, among other things, access browser data without user knowledge.
The latest Chrome 65 release includes two new APIs: CSS Paint API and Server Timing API. The CSS Paint API allows an image to be programmatically generated whenever a CSS property of a web page expects an image. The Server Timing API is used to track performance timing of the server for a website.
WebAPI Manager is a new browser extension for the Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers that allows users to limit website access to Web APIs, such as Service Workers, some of which are rarely used and can be employed for more nefarious purposes, including fingerprinting and direct attacks.
WebRTC 1.0 has become a browser standard for realtime communications. Despite its widespread use, the API remained a W3C Candidate Recommendation. The API is now stable and considered feature complete. With its new designation, W3C calls for wide implementation and is working on future versions.