The Open Source Community Can Now Help Improve Microsoft Edge
During 2015, Microsoft made significant strides to improving its relationship with the open source community. Everything from improved support of Linux operating systems on Azure to open-sourcing code for some of its key assets were all announced.
One of the primary benefits of moving to this model is that the open source community can now submit code that will be used in the shipping version of Microsoft Edge and the Universal Windows Platform. The company will review all of the code submission prior to integration into their own internal Charkra engine for Edge but for the first time, anyone can now help make Edge a better browser.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
The company is also releasing a roadmap for the new ChakraCore on GitHub as well. In addition to cross-platform support, some milestones on the roadmap include:
- Submitting a pull request to Node.js mainline to enable it to run with ChakraCore
- Improving the diagnostics support
With today’s release, you can use the new software on a PC that is running Windows 7 SP1 or above with Visual Studio 2013 or 2015 with C++ support installed.