Monday, January 25, 2010
Besides working on these four storage focused APIs, we have also implemented WebSockets. This is a new API for sending data over a persistent bi-directional communication channel, designed to be easier, more powerful, and less resource intensive than using XHR. Finally, today we are also making available -- in Windows only -- the new notification API that allows you to present information to users, such as event reminders or status updates, via a panel in the user's status-bar area. This panel allows you to provide more styling than window.alert(). It should also be much less irritating to your users - with this API notifications are still visible but do not get a user's attention by stealing cursor, tab or window focus.