If you think of the online world as browser experiences versus app experiences, get ready to redraw your boundaries.
Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Apple and others are excited about a newly emerging open programming tool that could help to radically transform web browsers into platforms for app-like experiences.
Called WebAssembly (WASM), it’s an assembly language for browsers that allows developers to write their applications in the popular C/C++ and then compile them for use in browsers.
- dramatically decreased downloading times, so complex experiences — even highly detailed video games — can be quickly downloaded into a browser.
The increase in performance is so great that major game-oriented software firms like Epic and Unity are experimenting with WebAssembly to re-create some of their challenging experiences inside a browser.