Microsoft just took a step closer to free software Well, after releasing the source codes, buying GitHub, and creating your own version of Linux, another surprise came.
The company too announced that Windows Forms, WinUI (Windows UI Library) and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) will now become open source.
Therefore, Microsoft releases the source code of some applications Along with the NET Core 3.0 Preview version, this was what Microsoft announced in part of the Connect 2018 Conference.
That besides this, Microsoft you're giving up these Windows UX frameworks. WPF, Windows Forms and WinUI they are now available with the full source code from GitHub.
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In addition, There are rumors that Microsoft has decided to end its Edge browser and instead the company would be developing another browser totally based on Chromium since Edge was considered a failure among users.
This new web browser that is scheduled to ship by default in Windows 10 instead of Edge.
The project is developed under the code name "Anaheim" and is notable for transitioning to the free Chromium project developments rather than developing its own EdgeHTML browser engine.
According to new reports that first appeared in Windows Central, the browser does not take long to come out as Microsoft may announce its replacement as early as this week.
It is not clear under what brand the new browser will be offered and if the user interface will change.
It is possible that the new browser will be presented as a major update for Edge and that it will continue to be delivered under the same name, while retaining the main elements of the interface.
For example, the iOS and Android versions of Edge do not initially use EdgeHTML, but instead use the regular web content rendering engines provided by mobile platforms.
Microsoft plans to retire Edge
The reason for the interruption of Edge development is the low popularity of this browser between users and web developers.
Most Windows 10 users are switching to Chrome due to constant stability and performance issues on the Edge.
According to the global net app rating, Edge's share in the year decreased from 4.61% to 4.34%, Firefox's share is 10%, Internet Explorer - 11.19%, Chrome - 63.6%
The Chromium-compatible browser would likely have more flexibility if the company opts to include everything in a Chromebook competitor, instead of using a simplified version of Windows 10. The differentiation of the browser from Google Chrome will be another matter.
Microsoft will need to do a lot of work in this area if it wants to regain a solid share of the market that Google browsers currently have.
Well, for many years it has never obtained satisfaction from its users, because it left the last minute technologies aside without offering direct support (something that its competitors took advantage of very well).
According to recent figures, Chrome controls more than half of the global web browser market.
Microsoft and Docker
And the projects aimed at open source do not stop there. Microsoft and Docker announced an open source project, Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB).
The goal is to make it easier to manage the lifecycle of cloud-native applications.
In essence CNAB is nothing more than a specification that allows developers to declare how an application should be packaged and run.
With that, developers can define their resources and then deploy the application for anything from the local workstation to public clouds.
The specification was born within Microsoft. But the team spoke to Docker, as Docker engineers were working on a similar project.
The two decided to join forces and release the result as a single open source project.
About a year ago, we realized that we were both working on the same thing, "said Gabe Monroy, Microsoft. We decided to combine forces and put them together as an industry standard, it added.