Microsoft is open sourcing the backbone of its Edge browser with a view to using it in more software, according to Ars Technica.
Microsoft quietly announced the change in a blog post. But the implications of Microsoft’s actions could be huge.
Essentially, anyone who uses ChakraCore could make a browser, or other applications, far more easily.
Microsoft already uses Chakra — the internal version of the software — to develop Cortana, the virtual assistant on Windows 10, and Outlook.com. By open sourcing the software, the company could allow others to do similar things.
Ars Technica argues that the uses of ChakraCore could extend to anything from Internet of Things devices to much larger server applications. Open sourcing the software makes it easier for anyone to do this.
Microsoft is also looking to improve the Edge browser, from which Chakra comes from, which has lagged behind the compeition. Browser extensions, such as AdBlock, are not available, for example.
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