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Microsoft Is Going Ahead And Rebuilding Edge Browser Atop Chromium

07 December, 2018, 13:28 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Microsoft Guts Edge, Adds Chromium to Save Failing Browser

Microsoft has now confirmed that move to Chromium will be happening. The "browser engines" - Chromium from Google and Gecko Quantum from Mozilla - are "inside baseball" pieces of software that actually determine a great deal of what each of us can do online. And a big part of the answer depends on what the web developers and businesses who create services and websites do. While Microsoft had no comment at the time, it offered up several details in a blog post today, discussing its reasoning and what it hopes to accomplish. The move removes one of the few major Chromium alternatives left - effectively just Firefox and Safari. "People using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience improved compatibility with all web sites, while getting the best-possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices".

Compared to the endlessly mocked Internet Explorer, Edge is a totally serviceable, relatively sleek piece of software, but the fact is that web developers simply weren't going to go out of their way to ensure that their websites would run flawlessly on the platform when almost 70% of the planet uses Chrome.

"Our goal is to do this in a way that embraces the well-established open source model that's been working effectively for years: meaningful and positive contributions that align to long-standing, thoughtfully designed architecture, and collaborative engineering".

Microsoft considers itself "one of the world's largest supports of open source projects", and it wants you to believe that too.

Over the next year, Microsoft plans to move Edge to a "Chromium-compatible" platform on Windows 10.

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Interesting from the perspective of a Windows user is that the new Edge won't be Windows 10 exclusive anymore. Even though Edge was the most standards compliant browser Microsoft ever shipped, that still was not enough for a flawless web experience on every site. There is also a possibility that Microsoft Edge will be launched for Mac OS X or other platforms in the future. Would you give the new Edge a try?

Current Edge users don't need to do anything, as the switch isn't happening very soon. It could. Making Google more powerful is risky on many fronts.

Belfiore points out this isn't Microsoft's first foray into open source browsers.

While Google started Chromium, Microsoft is free to take Chromium and "make it their own". It will be an alternative to what the tech giant Microsoft's Windows 10 S now offers but without any additional service component. By switching Edge to Chromium, Microsoft can leverage some of that popularity and jump ahead of the queue instead of being in a constant battle with web developers and changing goalposts.

The new Edge won't be a Universal Windows Platform app in order to make it usable outside of Windows 10, which accounts for about half of all Windows installations.

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