Aside from powering Microsoft’s browsers, Chakra also helps power Azure DocumentDB, Cortana, Outlook.com, TypeScript, and Node.js in Windows 10 IoT Core, as well as universal Windows 10 applications across Xbox consoles, smartphones, and PCs. In other words, Chakra has become an increasingly important base for many divisions across Microsoft.
Microsoft last month said it expects ChakraCore to be deployed in anything from cloud-based services to the Internet of Things. The company specifically named NoSQL databases, productivity software, and game engines.
Developers are already diving into the code:
But the company isn’t stopping at Windows. Microsoft plans to bring the project to other platforms, starting with Linux. In fact, the team has separated Chakra’s JIT compiler just for this purpose. Building just the interpreter and runtime makes for a smaller build target that is easier to work with for cross-platform porting.
If you’re interested in learning what else is in the pipeline, the roadmap is also available on GitHub.