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Crosswalk Project Available for Windows

November 10, 2015

Being a developer in today’s marketplace requires deploying application across different platforms and devices without issues of compatibility. The first version of Crosswalk Project is bringing that platform saturation to Windows, meaning developers can extend web application capabilities while bridging native code with JavaScript code to create hybrid Windows desktop applications.

Whether developers are targeting mobile or other platforms, apps are becoming the preferred method for individuals and businesses to gain access and deliver services. If developers don’t take the right measures when they are creating their apps to include the largest audience possible, they can exclude tens of millions of potential customers.

Based on the Chromium content layer, Crosswalk Project for Windows supports WebGL, WebRTC, WebAudio, ServiceWorker, SIMD, and Web Manifest technologies.

Developers can now deploy applications with dedicated runtime for distribution of the apps through app stores. Being able to manage the runtime and its upgrade cycle lets developers have more control no matter what type of webviews or browsers the customer is using.

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The apps can be developed without having to worry about the different runtimes and the inconsistent delivery problems they create between operating systems, devices and other technologies, because there is only one runtime.

The Windows version of Crosswalk Project also allows developers to package their application into MSI installers from the command-line and deploy across Windows computers with standard W3C web app manifests. It has been tested on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, although the company warns that there could be some glitches.

The Crosswalk Project is based on W3C standards, which supports a wide range of open source as well as commercial tools and projects. It is aimed at applications written in HTML5, CSS and JS.

The organization provides a tutorial which explains how to set up the host, build a very simple HTML5 application and run the application using a stable release of Crosswalk. With the successful completion of this tutorial, users will understand the workflow for creating Crosswalk applications from their own HTML5 projects.

The benefit of the Crosswalk Project is consistent, predictable behavior that reduces device fragmentation and provides a feature rich experience for end users on any device by improving the performance of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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