Google relents and adopts a Microsoft API to improve scrolling in Chrome
Google has relented in its efforts to improve its own scrolling APIs for Chrome and has instead stated that it will adopt Microsoft's Pointer Events API used in Internet Explorer.
While there's no timeline on when the API will be implemented, this does represent a small feather in the hat for Microsoft as the two companies have historically been at odds with one another over browser standards.
The Chromium team notes that though it initially decided to focus on improving existing APIs, feedback from developers has swayed them to adopt the Pointer Events API that has already seen wide use in Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Opera. From the Chromium Google Group:
The above is a lot of technical speak that boils down to this: the Pointer Events API will offer improved, smoother scrolling for Chrome users by combining touch and mouse events into a single set — as opposed to the current implementation that handles the interactions separately.
No matter how you look at it, this is a pretty interesting development. Scrolling in Internet Explorer and the other browsers that use the Pointer Events API is pretty smooth, and Chrome has historically suffered from some jankiness even as Google pushed further improvements to the browser's current API. Going further, it will be interesting to see what other improvements to the browsing experience Microsoft may come up with as development on the Project Spartan browser continues.
Source: Chromium Google Group; Via: Engadget
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Maxthon is for touch input screens!
Not a PC or Mac
It's great where they admit that they suck on one thing and Microsoft has it going right.
youtube 3rd party apps are better than official ones on other platforms (also, no ads).
instead of google drive, use onedrive or dropbox. both have great apps.
don't really think other google services matter much.
maybe just google docs and sheets.
I expect erroneous reporting from Engadget, but Windows Central should really know better.
This article seems somewhat misleading though. Touch Events was not Google's API, it was Apple's. Google only tried to improve it to make it competent enough with Pointer Events. Now the story about how Apple's Touch Events was standardized is really interesting too which can be a fun read. In a nutshell, the developer of the API was not involved in the standardisation. They were actually the detractors in standardizing their own API. And it's no surprise they are currently not talking anything about implementing Pointer Events since they have nothing to gain from making it easier to for hybrid devices to browse the web. It will be interesting to watch their next move since with this news three major web browsers, Firefox, IE and Chrome have now plans to implement the superior Pointer Events.
While I use Mozilla, I wouldn't care much, but for others!
And would make people furious and they would respond by leaving Windows (MSFT) and being turned to Macs!
Though in this country (Nicaragua) where I am temporary living, people wouldn't have the money to make a change!
If this were to happen google would be on its knees in matter of months
And Windows Central misunderstood going off of Engadget's misunderstanding.
It's not what they think it is.