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Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE) Is Working With Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) On Project Spartan

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has just announced that Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) is working with its team of developers to add features and improvements to the Project Spartan browser.

According to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE)’s Web Platform Team specifically engineers Rik Cabanier, Max Vujovic, Sylvain Galineau, and Ethan Malasky have been working with Spartan engineers and have already made two major contributions that have been rolled out with the March update of Windows 10 Technical Preview.

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The Adobe team contributes in the areas of layout, typography, graphic design and motion, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Project Spartan Program Manager Bogdan Brinza says.

One of Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE)’s major contribution is support for CSS gradient midpoints or color hints.

“With this feature, a Web developer can specify an optional location between the color stops of a CSS gradient. The color will always be exactly between the color of the 2 stops at that point. Other colors along the gradient line are calculated using an exponential interpolation function as described by the CSS spec,” Brinza writes.

Another contribution that Adobe engineers have made is full support for <feBlend> blend modes.

“Our new engine will now support these new values like the other major browsers. New blend modes expand existing values normal, multiply, screen, overlay, darken and lighten with color-dodge, color-burn, hard-light, soft-light, difference, exclusion, hue, saturation, color and luminosity,” Brinza continues.

Explaining that Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) has been a major contributor to open source browser engines such as WebKit, Blink and Gecko, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) said that it was challenging for Adobe engineers as well as anyone outside of Microsoft in the past to contribute to the Internet Explorer code base.

Because of this, while Adobe engineers were able to improve the web platform in other browsers, Internet Explorer fell behind. Of course, it should be mentioned that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is not an open source software.

Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital ended the December quarter with about 16 million shares in Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), a 33% quarter over quarter drop. However, ValueAct is still stood as the institutional investor with the largest stake in Adobe by the end of the year. ValueAct is also the institutional investor with the largest stake in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) with about 74.24 million shares in the software giant by the end of the same quarter.

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