The web browser industry is experiencing a major transition right now. Yesterday, Mozilla announced a new web browser engine named Servo, developed in collaboration of Samsung. On the same day, Google has announced to introduce a new webpage rendering engine named Blink, based on Apple’s WebKit. The new rendering engine would replace WebKit in future versions of Chrome and Opera.
Google explained the reason behind the shift is to reduce complexity and increase speed of its Chrome web browser. “This was not an easy decision. We know that the introduction of a new rendering engine can have significant implications for the web. Nevertheless, we believe that having multiple rendering engines—similar to having multiple browsers—will spur innovation and over time improve the health of the entire open web ecosystem,” wrote Adam Barth, a software engineer at Google.
Opera has also placed its support for Blink. It is “the new engine that will power Opera’s browsers,” said Opera’s Bruce Lawson.
In the short run, it won’t bring any significant challenge for web developers. But, in the long run, many websites, especially the mobile ones who target WebKit only users, may have to be more liberal.
Source: Chromium Blog