Microsoft confirms plan to rebuild Edge browser using Chromium on Windows 10

Microsoft confirms plan to rebuild Edge browser using Chromium on Windows 10

By moving to the open-source engine of Chromium, they can contribute to the platform used by several browsers (and reap the benefits from other contributors) while also having more resources to invest in making its browser have unique differentiators when compared to Chrome.

As announced on the Windows Blog, Microsoft plans to "adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop", which means that it will continue to develop Edge-not replace it-using the Chromium rendering engine. 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.

In a slightly cheeky tweet Sean Lyndersay, principal lead program manager for Microsoft Edge, pointed out that his team needs new developers for the browser. Microsoft Edge won't die but it will be moved from its own platform to Chromium to become a Chromium-based browser. In the early days of web browsing, Microsoft embraced proprietary standards, and it was particularly hard for some business professionals to leave IE behind because so much of what they did was built for IE.

This morning Microsoft confirmed that the rumors were, indeed, true, that they'd be working with the Chromium open source project for Microsoft Edge.

While Belfiore says this project will "enable [Microsoft] to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS", the above statement about "all supported versions of Windows" also suggests that Edge will be ported to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Would you give the new Edge a try?

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The basic idea behind this new version of the tech giant Microsoft's Windows, which is named as Windows Lite is to offer a much lighter and smaller alternative to Windows 10.

Microsoft is planning to create a new version of Edge by using Chromium combined with some components now in Edge, all in the name of providing greater browsing compatibility across the web. It's a standard Win32 desktop app that will hopefully tap into Fluent Design APIs for things like Acrylic and Reveal effects throughout its UI. In addition, Microsoft says it will update Edge more frequently. There is also a possibility that Microsoft Edge will be launched for Mac OS X or other platforms in the future. The new variant, codenamed Anaheim, will be rebuilt on the Chromium platform and use the Blink rendering engine and V8 JavaScript engine.

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This is a massive shift for Edge and Windows 10, and one that's going to divide fans and developers for months to come. Edge works well enough most of the time, sure, but with a fraction of Chromium's adoption, developers aren't almost as inclined to assure their sites work properly with Edge. However, once the new version of Edge is ready, I think most people will be happy with this change. We'll know more in early 2019 when a preview build of the new Edge will be available for insider testing.

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