WebAssembly, an effort to diversify language support on the Web and speed up applications, is drawing both applause and skepticism.
“I'd love to see WebAssembly happen, but I am careful to claim victory. Apple will be the key,” said Famous founder Steve Newcomb in an email. “For now I wait.” He questioned whether the vendor cooperation would be there for WebAssembly to succeed. “Good technology is exciting, but ubiquity crowns kings. How many times have we seen good technology (like NaCl) rise only to see it fall because either Apple, Google, or Microsoft ultimately refuse to play?”
But analyst Michael Azoff of Ovum lauded the effort. “WebAssembly is an intriguing development that has been under wraps until recently brought into the open by the key players: Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla -- together owners of the largest share of Web browsers, and announced once all three key vendors had reached a critical point of consensus.”