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Google Fuchsia
Google has recently confirmed the rollout of a new OS named Fuchsia. Normally it would be expected that this would be something of a big deal, but even Google themselves have not publicized it widely. This is in part because it is only for one specific device, the Google Nest Hub first generation. It is believed that the new OS has been in development since at least 2017, and it is known to be a rarity in that it does not use Linux as its base.

The operating system was built from the ground up, and its main language for developing apps is Flutter, a multi-platform UI toolkit. Using this language has made it possible for Google to simply and stealthily strip out the old Cast operating system and insert Future with exactly the same user interface.

Farewell Explorer
Microsoft’s somewhat unloved Internet Explorer browser is officially being retired on June 15, 2022. The unpopular browser has remained a feature of all Windows operating systems, mainly due to the fact that many businesses had made their websites and interfaces solely using IE functionality and didn’t wish to re-write them. However, Microsoft says that its new Edge browser, based on the Chromium system, has built-in compatibility with Explorer, meaning that any legacy websites/apps based on the browser can still be operated. However, Explorer will continue to function on Windows 10 LTSC and every current version of Windows Server, and Microsoft promises that the functionality in Edge will be supported up to 2029 at the earliest.

Scrapping Explorer in this way means that Microsoft can streamline operations as there are 5 million lines of code that no longer need supporting, and IT departments will no longer have the concern that people are, for whatever reason, using the notoriously insecure browser on sites that don’t need it.