Microsoft Joins Apple, Google and Mozilla to Improve the Web with Intertop 2022

Microsoft has joined Apple, Google and Mozilla to participate in the Intertop 2022 initiative. The companies are looking to work together in an attempt to improve interoperability between web platforms. If successful, this initiative will make lives of developers significantly easier while enhancing average consumers’ internet experience.

In case you’re wondering, Intertop 2022 is a series of tests to measure if individual browsers meet different web standards, working with web developers to discover problems and find solutions. The ultimate goal of the initiative to eliminate inconsistencies across different browsers. As a result, it’ll give companies reason to work together on a shared vision to improve end-users’ experience.

If you’ve been following the companies, then you might already know that this isn’t the first time they came together to work on similar goals. Earlier last year, the companies joined forces for Compat 2021 which had limited goals. However, this time around it seems that the companies have much larger goals. In addition to the aforementioned tech giants, Bocoup and Igalia are also joining in the effort.

Microsoft noted, “Representatives from Apple, Bocoup, Google, Igalia, Microsoft, and Mozilla collectively agreed that [Compat 2021]’s name did not accurately reflect its intent to address core interoperability gaps between browsers. This year, Microsoft is again pleased to announce its participation in the more aptly named Interop 2022 effort.”

“While Microsoft will be primarily focused on shipping CSS Subgrid support, this is only one of the fifteen areas of interoperability that Interop 2022 will focus on. These include longstanding areas of developer frustration, along with frequently requested new features that web developers will be able to adopt with confidence.”

Google added, “The goal of these multi-year interoperability efforts, in the form of Compat 2021, Interop 2022 and much more, is to fully acknowledge and address the pain points developers have experienced through for many years. And it’s not a one-browser effort but rather a strong collaboration between all major browser vendors and friends for improving the web platform across the board.”

“In essence, the goal is to make the web platform more usable and reliable for developers, so that they can spend more time building great web experiences instead of working around browser inconsistencies.”

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