Microsoft wants to transition away from Flash
Microsoft has announced it will start giving its users more control of Flash. According to the company, Microsoft Edge will auto-pause any Flash content that it deems unimportant.
“Peripheral content like animations or advertisements built with Flash will be displayed in a paused state unless the user explicitly clicks to play that content,” wrote John Hazen, principal program manager lead for Microsoft Edge, in a blog post. “This significantly reduces power consumption and improves performance while preserving the full fidelity of the page. Flash content that is central to the page, like video and games, will not be paused.”
Many companies have been moving away from Flash since HTML5 was introduced. Microsoft encouraged users to transition away from the plug-in. According to the company, open Web standards provide better performance, security and battery life.
Google eyes Swift
Apple and Google have been longstanding rivals, but Google might soon be tapping into Apple’s programming language Swift to help advance its operating system. The Next Web reported Google is looking into using the open-source programming language in Android. Swift is not initially meant to replace Android’s use of Java, but according to the Next Web, Google is considering it as a first-class language for Android.
Other companies such as Facebook and Uber are also looking at utilizing Swift in their own operations.