Microsoft's Going to Rebuild Edge With Google's Chromium

Isaac Cain
December 8, 2018

Microsoft is handing over control of people's online life to Google, leading rival Mozilla has claimed following news that the tech giant is to drop its own Web browser technology for Google's.

For end users, it means a consistent experience, the option to choose Edge on other operating systems like Linux and Mac, and even the arrival of UWP browsers from Chrome and Opera - something that is now barred.

The full blog post from Belfiore is available here. An Edge based on the Chromium engine could go a long way toward drawing in more users and resolving numerous complaints about Edge.

Microsoft has wasted no time confirming the recent rumors: the Edge browser is dead. Edge currently suffers from compatibility issues with some websites, many of which are now optimized to run properly on Chrome.

It has been a very long time since Microsoft launched an official browser for the Mac (over 15 years!), and here we are in 2018 and looking ahead to a bright, Microsoft Edge future. Blink is also used to develop Google Chrome, with Chromium.

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However, still we don't have much concrete information about this new version of Windows OS of the tech giant Mircosoft, but everything points to the tech giant Microsoft might be preparing to release this new version of Windows in the near future which is named as Windows Lite as we told earlier and not only that even this new version of Windows should be created to compete directly with the tech giant Google's well-known operating system, of course, I am talking about none other than the ChromeOS.

But Christant also disagrees with the understanding that browser engines are the driving force of keeping the web open - a battle that is already lost given Chromium's current dominance. This will help Web developers easily test their new projects, without making any tweaks to make them compatible with the Edge browser. While this is indeed a huge change, the devil is in the details, especially with EdgeHTML being so intertwined with both Windows 10 itself as well as with Microsoft's sputtering efforts at embracing Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and the Universal Windows Platform for apps (UWP).

Belfiore also indicated that "Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows". The team noted that its past practice of shipping Edge improvements with full Windows 10 releases had just "slowed our ability to update, causing platform fragmentation and exposing compatibility gaps", which is something it wants to avoid. Part of that includes introducing improved touch support and web accessibility.

Microsoft continues by saying that it will, in turn, become "significant contributor to the Chromium project". Microsoft tried, and largely failed, to gain traction for a model where developers supported Windows only web apps, available in the Windows Store, as a way to offer modern web based applications to Windows. And it's hiring to that end, too, according to a Twitter post.

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