Google to ditch Webkit for a new web rendering engine for its Chrome

Posted on Apr 4 2013 - 3:00am by Sunny

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You might have heard about the Webkit web rendering engine. Even if you do not know what it is or what it does, you will probably have heard about it. It is a web rendering engine which displays the web pages and their contents on the browser. The Webkit web rendering engine is an open source project which was initiated by Apple some time back to fork the KHTML web rendering engine, which has almost died as of now.

After the Webkit engine was released by Apple, it became very popular and more companies started participating in the open source project and started contributing to the project, which has made the Webkit engine very strong and stable, and reliable. Most of the browsers that we use today, including the Apple Safari and Google Chrome, use the Webkit engine.

Now, however, Google has announced that it will be stopping work on Webkit and develop a new web rendering engine of its own, called Blink. This is because the Chromium, which is the company’s Chrome browser based operating system, uses a different multi-processor architecture than other Webkit based browsers, so maintaining two different browsers will be pain when they are supposed to be the same. Google writes the following in its FAQ section:

The main reason is that Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers. So, over the years, supporting multiple architectures has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium communities, slowing down the collective pace of innovation.

Future versions of Chrome will therefore be using the new Blink web rendering engine. And Google will be using the same Blink engine for its Chrome browser for Android as well. And surprisingly, Opera is said to have announced that it will be ditching Webkit as well for Google’s Blink web rendering engine. I do not know how authentic this is, but this is the news.

Source: Mac Rumors

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