Blink: New WebKit-based rendering engine from Google

Google has announced a new browser rendering engine based on WebKit. This rendering engine, named Blink, would power future versions of Chromium, Chrome, ChromeOS and Opera.

Google describes the reason behind this huge move, “Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation.”.


Technical overview and features of Blink are available on its home page. Google has also decided to not use any vendor-specific prefix (like –blink- ) for experimental features. Such features would be introduced using Chrome flags mechanism.

Opera would also use Blink

Opera’s Bruce Lawson confirms that the Norwegian browser vendor would also use and contribute to Blink. Lawson writes, “Blink has a lot of promise for the Web. Its architecture allows for greater speed – something that Opera and Google have long focused on. When browsers are fast and interoperable, using the web as a platform becomes more competitive against native app development”.

This is a historical moment for the web. We have seen demise of Opera’s Presto recently. On the other hand, Mozilla is also working on a new rendering engine of future. We are on the right track!

(via Chromium Blog)