Microsoft Edge Is Going Chrome, And Coming To MacOS

Microsoft Reportedly Plans to Replace Edge With Chrome Like Browser

Microsoft Reportedly Plans to Replace Edge With Chrome Like Browser

Google is the most prominent user of the Chromium open source code, which is the base of the Chrome browser. And the company is bringing the new browser to every platform: Windows 7, 8, 10 and even MacOS. Microsoft has confirmed rumors it will be dropping the proprietary rendering engine at the core of its desktop web browser, and replacing it with a Chromium-compatible engine. We'll share more details as Microsoft releases them. Microsoft has committed to still advancing web standards, and bringing the current advantages from Edge over to Chromium, such as the accessibility and security features. Microsoft CVP Joe Belfiore made the big announcement today and explained that it was all about creating "better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers".

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.

[.] we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser's close integration with Windows.

'Microsoft's web browser should finally be able to compete alongside Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and those who are all-in with the Microsoft ecosystem will finally be getting a browser from Microsoft that works well when browsing the web'. The software giant says that it has increased its participation in the open source software (OSS) community and is one of the largest supporters in the world of OSS projects. After dominating the early web with Internet Explorer and struggling to reach the same prominence with Edge, the company today announced it will be transitioning its browser to a Chromium-based platform in 2019.

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All that being said, you'll have to wait a while before you can try the new Chromium-based Edge.

Codenamed 'Anaheim, ' this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform. But as of today, Edge only has a 4 percent share of the U.S. browser market, according to StatCounter. The revamped Edge will get much more frequent updates, too. Yet it's also an admission of defeat-just like the decision to invest more into mobile apps for iOS and Android devices signaled the end of its mobile ambitions.

While Google started Chromium, Microsoft is free to take Chromium and "make it their own".

There's still lots that Microsoft needs to work out with the new version of Edge, and I'm sure we'll be hearing about those plans in the near future. Here's everything we know so far. 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.

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