Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Firefox Update to WebAssembly Boon for Gamers

Mozilla Firefox is trying to keep itself relevant on the minds of internet users. While it still outperforms most mobile browsers, it's still trailing behind Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. From a business professional perspective, I can tell you that most large corporations still rely on the old technology of IE. This is to accommodate their customers and other businesses that are unable to upgrade their systems as often. It's better to be slow on the times and reach more customers then to be modern and have a smaller pool to sell to. Until Microsoft shifts away from IE entirely, it will remain at the top of the list for some time. Safari is high due to the iPhone. But Firefox is not in a bad position as one of the few, free open-source entities on the internet.

To stay at the top of the game, they have introduced a new version that now includes WebAssembly. The new format will allow for faster download times of pages, plugins, flash, and java. For gamers, it'll make your stuff look way cooler. Most browsers are unable to run modern computer games, which is why you'll see flash games in a stripped down version. WebAssembly will help ease that crunch and provide users with fuller games at the same size and speed as the old content. This is one of the first big changes to web browsers in the past decade, and Mozilla hopes to lead the way. The app uses low level language to speak to the C+ and C++ content, converts it, and then uploads it to the browser. The current method is that the high language is converted in the browser, and the system figures out the best way to run it. By not leaving it up to the browser, WebAssembly is able to provide better output.

If testing goes well with this new version, expect other browsers to follow.

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