One of the main issues faced by people who love Microsoft’s Edge or Internet Explorer was that WhatsApp did not support the browsers, up to this date. There was a trick to make it possible back then, but now users can use this feature on Microsoft’s browsers without any further work – because WhatsApp is now officially supporting them.
Microsoft today shared some exciting news about its Edge browser which will be coming in 2016. Microsoft Edge will be getting support some much-awaited APIs, including Beacon API, and Web Notifications.
The software giant is planning to release Extensions support for Edge to Windows Insiders “soon”. The company announced that Edge extensions will be available via the Windows Store, which will allow developers to submit and update their extensions for Edge very easily. Additionally, Microsoft’s main focus will be on improving Edge’s accessibility.
Just two weeks after Microsoft announced that it had purchased MinecraftEdu, a company specializing in using Minecraft as an educational tool, the Redmond-based company looks set to make another acquisition.
The Financial Times reports that Microsoft is in the process of finalizing a £250 million deal to acquire British software firm SwiftKey, the developers of predictive keyboards in use on over 300 million Android and iOS devices.
The keyboard uses artificial intelligence to assess a user's inputs to help it to continuously improve the quality of its next-word predictions. A more advanced 'experimental' version has already been released, using deep-learning techniques and 'neural networks' to improve its analysis further.
Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones. The updated browser, which is being pushed to Samsung phones with Android Lollipop or newer starting today, will let users install helper apps that block ads from websites they visit, similar to how content and ad blocking works in Apple's Safari browser in iOS 9. An ad or content blocker could reduce loading times and mobile data usage, as web pages loaded without ads are much smaller than those with advertising enabled.
Testing for live video streaming on Facebook may have only started last month, but it is now available for all iPhone users in the U.S. Luckily, those in the other parts of the world won't have to wait long, as Facebook has committed to enabling the feature globally over the next several weeks. Android users will have to wait just a while longer, as Facebook hasn't offered an exact time frame but said that live video should arrive "soon".
Unlike its established competitor Periscope, live videos on Facebook are stored forever unless the streamer chooses to remove the video. In contrast, Periscope only allows video playback for 24 hours after the stream has finished, at which point it disappears.