2021 is the year of drama on the desktop, to #64.
Well, well. If it isn’t Chromium!
Electron releases v14 and gets a new competitor
You probably missed the news about the new Electron release. But don’t worry, that’s what you’re paying us for. Wait.
Electron 14 is one of those major releases without a ton of major new features. It upgraded Chromium and V8, added some new APIs (nothing too groundbreaking), fixed some bugs, and introduced a few (small) breaking changes.
Zooming out: Electron was first released in the summer of 2013. The best thing about Electron was how it bundled Chromium and Node.js, which allowed for cross-platform desktop app development.
Fast forward 8 years, and it turns out that the worst thing about Electron is also how it bundles Chromium and Node.js — which is the main reason why it’s so (relatively) big and slow.
But hey, Electron’s not going anywhere any time soon, right? It might have a little too much BDE (Big Desktop Energy), but tons of apps still rely on it, including VSCode, Discord and Facebook Messenger.
About that last one…
React Native has entered the (desktop) chat: Fresh off a new release of their own, the React Native team just announced that they’re now targeting new platforms, starting with desktop and VR.
They’ve already partnered with Microsoft to create a “truly native” video calling experience for Facebook Messenger on Windows and macOS that “completely blows away the performance of the Electron implementation that it replaced.” Shots fired.
Bottom Line: Most Electron apps aren’t going to drop everything to immediately switch frameworks (except the apps that are owned by Facebook). But this is definitely a big shakeup of the native desktop app landscape that’s worth following.
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