A new language called WebAssembly is opening the door to the next generation of browsers
Backed by Google, Mozilla, Microsoft and others, it can dramatically boost performance, decrease download times and enable app-like experiences.
If you think of the online world as browser experiences versus app experiences, get ready to redraw your boundaries.
Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Apple and others are excited about a newly emerging open programming tool that could help to radically transform web browsers into platforms for app-like experiences.
Called WebAssembly (WASM), it’s an assembly language for browsers that allows developers to write their applications in the popular C/C++ and then compile them for use in browsers.
- dramatically decreased downloading times, so complex experiences — even highly detailed video games — can be quickly downloaded into a browser.
The increase in performance is so great that major game-oriented software firms like Epic and Unity are experimenting with WebAssembly to re-create some of their challenging experiences inside a browser.