Microsoft is open-sourcing Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript engine

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Microsoft today announced that the company is open-sourcing Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript engine. The company is open sourcing the core components of Chakra (the JavaScript engine for Edge) as ChakraCore next month, and it will be available on GitHub. Microsoft states:

“ChakraCore is already designed to fit into any application stack that calls for a fast, scalable, and lightweight engine. We intend to make it even more versatile over time, both within and beyond the Windows ecosystem. While the initial January release will be Windows-only, we are committed to bringing ChakraCore to other platforms in the future. We’d invite developers to help us in this pursuit by letting us know which other platforms they’d like to see ChakraCore supported on to help us prioritize future investments, or even by helping port it to the platform of their choice.”

Chakra includes a tonne of features, and it is also pretty fast and lightweight compared to other JavaScript engines. When compared to other browsers, Edge’s performance is really good:chakra-performance

Microsoft says the company will take contributions from the community starting in January when the company will provide more details on its priorities and more.

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