Microsoft abandoning Edge and building a new web browser based on Chromium

Isaac Cain
December 5, 2018

This is of course very exciting news for everybody but the Edge developing team, the new browser should indeed much faster and have numerous features we love from Chrome or Opera. But if Microsoft, which once dominated the web browser market, really starts pushing a Chromium-based browser as Windows default, it surely has to feel like defeat. They have been trying to get Chrome add-ins to work on Edge with little success, so this would certainly resolve that, unless they intend to focus on making Windows Store apps work with Chrome. Further, it's also unlikely they'll ship a version of Edge that's simply powered by the Chromium engine, but instead will probably build a specific fork of the Chromium engine designed for the specific goals they want to meet with this new version of Edge. A brand new browser based on the Chromium engine could go a long way toward drawing in more users and resolving numerous complaints about Edge.

There's still no official name for the browser. It's also unknown whether or not the new browser will use the Edge UI. For now, Microsoft still needs to finish building the mysterious Chromium-based browser ready for Insider testing.

However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide.

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Credit: MicrosoftA Windows Central report Monday claimed Microsoft is replacing the EdgeHTML rendering engine in its Edge browser with Blink, a rendering engine from Chromium, the open source version of Google Chrome.

The Redmond Zune-flinger says that the 1809 build of Windows 10 will not be able to install on machines that run Cisco AMP for Endpoints. While the Chromium base will mean that it will work about as well as the very popular Chrome browser, that doesn't necessarily translate to more users. A Microsoft-made Chromium-based browser would render web pages almost identically as Chrome, meaning less confusion over which web site works well in what browser. Moreover, using an engine that's common among the majority of browsers lets developers (and in turn, users) avoid inter-browser website compatibility issues.

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