During 2015, Microsoft made significant strides to improving its relationship with the open source community. Everything from improved support of Linux operating systems on Azure to open-sourcing code for some of its key assets were all announced.
One of the primary benefits of moving to this model is that the open source community can now submit code that will be used in the shipping version of Microsoft Edge and the Universal Windows Platform. The company will review all of the code submission prior to integration into their own internal Charkra engine for Edge but for the first time, anyone can now help make Edge a better browser.
The company is also releasing a roadmap for the new ChakraCore on GitHub as well. In addition to cross-platform support, some milestones on the roadmap include:
- Submitting a pull request to Node.js mainline to enable it to run with ChakraCore
- Improving the diagnostics support
With today’s release, you can use the new software on a PC that is running Windows 7 SP1 or above with Visual Studio 2013 or 2015 with C++ support installed.