Now that Microsoft has thrown its lot in with Google and its Chromium web rendering engine, Microsoft’s web engineers have already started working on improving the Chromium rendering engine to work better with Windows.
The latest example was fixing an issue where when you selected in cell in Excel Online on a Windows 10 tablet while using Chrome, the pop-up keyboard would in some cases cover the selected cell. The expected behaviour was that the spreadsheet would automatically scroll to keep the cell visible.
A Microsoft engineer has submitted a commit titled ‘Fix touch keyboard occluding focused element inside OOPIF’
“This change scrolls the focused element into view by messaging the browser process when the main frame renderer process fails to scroll the focused node into view. The browser process then calls RenderWidgetHostViewAura::ScrollFocusedEditableNodeIntoRect which correctly routes the scroll message to the focused frame,” the commit explains.
At this point it is not clear of the fix will be accepted, but the commit is being actively worked on.
The spirit of cooperation seems to point to the potential of a much better relationship between Microsoft and Google, which ultimately seems to be the more productive approach.