MICROSOFT HAS announced a new way for site admins to test their website's compatibility with Windows 10 before upgrading.
Microsoft Edge, the replacement for the ageing Internet Explorer, hasn't been with us very long, and IE 11 has been kept in Windows 10 alongside its successor in case compatibility becomes an issue.
The Microsoft Edge Dev site, which was removed from beta today, now offers virtual machines running Windows 10 in an automated environment with quicker updating and the option for other VM types, including Vagrant boxes and QEMU, which will roll out "in the coming weeks". Later will come Azure Remote App VM, but there is no date on that yet.
Microsoft continues to tinker with Edge, the maturity of which has been dictated by the need to bring it to market with Windows 10. Bug fixes to improve markup and compatibility with assistive technologies have been added.
In addition, a range of older test demos have been posted to GitHub. These will eventually move to the new test site, but are available for now as open source.
Microsoft Edge was originally revealed as Project Spartan at the end of last year, before being officially named Microsoft Edge in April.
Edge is said to have lightened its load compared with IE by dumping 220,000 lines of code, including a number of runtime libraries as well as support for ActivX plug ins, because Microsoft knows when it's a good time to kill something off because it's more trouble than it's worth. That said, Edge does still support Adobe Flash natively, but you can't have everything.
Developers have had to make significant adjustments as so many of their long-standing plug-ins simply don't work in Edge. But with Microsoft still having to plug holes in the system, it could be a while before Edge really settles down into being a competitor. µ
Oh and it'll also help give aural pleasure
But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
Now you can talk to your silly-looking earbuds too