If you are downloading the newly released PC preview version of Windows 10, with the build number 10547, you are also getting a new version of the Microsoft Edge browser. There are some new additions in this release, including the addition of support for the Object Real-Time Communications (ORTC) API and download attribute on links.
The ORTC API was developed by Microsoft, Google and other companies so that web browsers could support real-time communications without having to use a plug-in. In a rather technical blog post about this new Microsoft Edge feature, the company said:
"ORTC Support in Microsoft Edge is the result of a close collaboration between Microsoft's Operating Systems Group and Skype teams. Together we bring over 20 years of web platform experience and over 12 years of expertise in building one of the largest and most reliable real-time communications service for consumers and business users. Our goal is to enable developers around the world to build experiences that include the ability to talk to Skype users and other WebRTC compatible communication services."
You can actually demo this feature on a Microsoft and Twilio web page. Note, you can only call numbers in the U.S. and calls are restricted to five minutes.
The new download attribute on links feature is rather interesting as well for website creators. Here's what it supports, according to web browser developer David Walsh.
"The download attribute allows you to set a separate file download name than the actual link endpoint itself...and when the user clicks the link, the download attribute appears in the save dialog instead of the garbled mess that was there before. In this case, the file will be downloaded as expenses.pdf...instead of adlafjlxjewfasd89asd8f.pdf."
You can get the full change log for Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 build 10547 at the link below.
Thanks to Jonathan Sampson for the tip!
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