Microsoft working touchscreen feature into Chrome

In order to expand its flexible Pointer Events interface beyond Windows 8 and Internet Explorer, Microsoft programmers are now trying to build in support for touchscreens into Google Chrome.

The company, which has already built the interface into Internet Explorer 10, wants to do the same with other browsers. 

The decision that Microsoft planned to write a version of its Pointers Events technology for Blink, the open-source browser engine project that functions as the core for Google's Chrome browser, was announced on the Blink mailing list.

The announcement by Microsoft, which coincides with the Google I/O conference that is taking place in San Francisco, is a move that may have many positive outcomes. The standardisation of a touchscreen interface is an important move, as it will allow users to have the best possible experiences while browsing the net, without being limited to one particular browser.


"Microsoft builds up Chrome touch screen interface"


In a blogpost, Microsoft’s principal program managers, Asir Vedamuthu Selvasingh and Adalberto Foresti said "This progression from Last Call Working Draft to Candidate Recommendation is a mark of the effective collaboration among Microsoft, Google,Opera, Mozilla, Nokia, jQuery, and others to help sites take advantage of new interactive devices for the Web."

While Microsoft is clear about wanting their Pointers Events technology on every browser, it could still be a distance away from becoming a reality. However, as the company has made clear in their blogpost, the response for their technology’s integration has so far been positive.

One of the principal supporters of this integration is Dave Methvin who is the President of the jQuery Foundation. According to him, “Pointer Events is a great way to add cross-browser support for multi-modal input from mouse, pointer, and touch. With Pointer Events reaching Candidate Recommendation stage, it is time all mobile html5 application developers paid attention.  The best part; you can start using it today…”

With Microsoft having already built a test version of Pointers Events support for Webkit, the browser engine project which Chrome moved away from earlier this year, the success of the touchscreen across browsers may just be one step closer. 

Published Date: May 17, 2013 15:11 PM | Updated Date: May 17, 2013 15:11 PM