Internet Explorer 11 ships by default in Windows 8.1, and a developer preview of the browser for Windows 7 confirms that the older OS won't be left behind -- for now.
The Internet giant has issued the first stable release of the programming language for Web apps. Also: a host of tools to help it gain a foothold.
WebGL graphics is a highlight of the new alpha build of Opera, but the browser also can accelerate 2D graphics, text, and CSS effects--often on Windows XP.
Direct2D support on Windows could be available in a preview release of the open-source browser under a proposed second-quarter goal.
Even as the company redirects efforts to HTML5 and narrows Flash's scope, Adobe is also promising investments in Flash for 5 to 10 years.
The software giant follows through on better support for dynamic, or scripting, languages for Web development.