As we all know by now, at the end of 2018, Microsoft announced that they would be shifting their Edge browser to Chromium. Ever since then Microsoft started actively contributing to the Chromium community. All of this was done in a bid to make Chromium-based browsers work better with Microsoft’s very own Windows 10. You could also say that this was done in order to fix bugs and issues with Chromium before the Chromium-based Edge is released.
Another week, another Chromium fix by Microsoft. This time around it’s based around ‘scrolling’ on Chrome. A commit was found on Chromium’s Gerrit source code management by Microsoft. The commit in question is titled ‘Impl threaded scrollbar scrolling TBD presubmit fixups’ This is new commit will reportedly fix scrolling issues that are present within Chrome. A Microsoft engineer also detailed how smooth scrolling will work in a post on Google products forums.
The Microsoft Engineer explains; “This proposal is to move composited scrollbar scrolling to the impl thread so that even when the main thread is busy, users can continue to interact with and scroll using scrollbars,” He further goes on; “By avoiding the main thread in Chromium as well, we believe we can bring the performance of scrollbar drags more in line with what we observe in EdgeHTML.”
The feature also makes an appearance in Chrome Canary and allows for smooth browsing of webpages.
Smooth Scrolling will allegedly be added to Chrome in mid-2019. However, this is not confirmed as of yet.