Adobe Partners with Microsoft for Some New Features of the Next-gen Spartan Browser
Big changes are coming to Windows 10, and we’re not just speaking about its technical features but also about how Microsoft is totally changing its strategy. Recently, the company has announced that it’s going to allow even users with pirated versions to upgrade to Windows 10 completely for free.
But Redmond isn’t changing its approach just for Windows, as it plans big changes for Internet Explorer, too. After it had announced that the next IE version will feature some big changes, the company has recently made a surprise announcement, saying it is going to ditch the Internet Explorer brand. We already know that the next-generation browser is internally called Project Spartan, and now we’re hearing some interesting new details regarding its functionality.
Adobe is a major contributor to open source browser engines such as WebKit, Blink, and Gecko. A few months ago, Microsoft allowed the Adobe Web Platform Team to contribute to Project Spartan, and now the first results are ready. Bogdan Brinza, Program Manager at Project Spartan, said the following on the official IE blog:
The Adobe Web Platform Team hit a significant milestone with their first contribution landing in the March update of the Windows 10 Technical Preview! The feature is support for CSS gradient midpoints (aka color hints) and is described in the upcoming CSS images spec. With this feature, a Web developer can specify an optional location between the color stops of a CSS gradient. The color will always be exactly between the color of the 2 stops at that point.
Microsoft is partnering with Adobe, a company well-known for its ‘visual’ technologies, for better support for web standards. Redmond is looking for Adobe to help them with improvements in the areas of layout, typography, motion and graphic design. The fact that Microsoft is finally collaborating with outside parties on its browser can only mean good news for consumers, as this will contribute to a better product, overall.