It's true, Microsoft is turning Edge into a Chromium browser

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It's True, Microsoft is turning Edge into a Chromium browser

It's true, Microsoft is turning Edge into a Chromium browser

Earlier this week it was reported that Microsoft has plans to replace their Edge browser with a customise Chromium design, bringing their browser inline with many of its contemporaries while further integrating the company into the world of open source software. 

Microsoft has now confirmed that they are making "under the hood" changes to their Edge platform, making it "Chromium-compatible" to align themselves with existing web standards and other Chromium-based browsers like Chrome, Opera and Silk. This change will improve Edge's compatibility and make testing a lot easier for future web developers.   

With this change, Microsoft will be able to bring their Edge browser to other platforms like MacOS while also enabling them to update the browser on a more regular basis, dedicating more resources to improving the browser with the help of other members of the Chromium community. With these efforts Microsoft will also contribute to the Chromium ecosystem by creating platform enhancements, making all Chromium browsers better for Windows in the process, with Microsoft's near-term goal being enhancements to ARM64 support.   

Moving to a Chrome back-end will effectively create a new browser from Microsoft, though for now, it appears as if Microsoft plans to keep their Edge branding for their next browser iteration. 

It's True, Microsoft is turning Edge into a Chromium browser


In effect, Microsoft is killing Edge as we know it. EdgeHTML will be phased out, with Microsoft planning to release their new Chromium-based Edge browsers to Windows Insiders in early 2019, giving the Windows community a chance to test the new browser before it is released to the public.

Basing their new browser on Chromium will also reduce the engineering workloads that Microsoft will have to undertake while maintaining Edge, as they can now lean on the open source community for support, rather than going it alone. This will also allow Microsoft to more resources towards adding unique features to their browser, offering their users more frequent updates and improvements.         

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06-12-2018, 15:04:49

Making it easier for the world to develop on the platform also has the benefit of having more extensions for the platform which is important for many peopleQuote

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