Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google and Mozilla reacts to Chrome-powered Edge announcement

Google and Mozilla reacts to Chrome-powered Edge announcement

Now, it seems that the engine it runs on, EdgeHTML, is set to be replaced. The company says this will enable it to bring Edge to other versions of Windows, like 7 and 8.1, and other platforms like macOS in the near-future. In recent times, under the stewardship of Satya Nadella, the firm has warmed to open source to become one of the world's largest supporters of such projects, and here is another step down that avenue.

In any case, once Chromium adoption ensures the web is rendered as expected, most of the differences people care about will be on the UI and features front. Microsoft has now confirmed that move to Chromium will be happening.

If you're the type who likes to get eyes on beta versions of software before it hits the masses, there's also an Insider Program for the Edge browser.

A rough timeline has been provided, indicating the steps to meld Microsoft Edge and Chromium.

Over the next year, Microsoft plans to move Edge to a "Chromium-compatible" platform on Windows 10.

The move to Chromium means those issues should no longer happen, with Belfiore noting that "people using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience improved compatibility with all web sites, while getting the best-possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices".

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.

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The "new" browser will still be called Edge, and will still use the blue E but that's about all that's left from the old Edge.

Finally they plan on being active contributors to the Chromium Project, like they have been doing with the ARM version of Chrome.

Microsoft wants Edge to be taken seriously, and bringing it to new platforms in addition to rebuilding it using a technology most people love, should help shift its reputation. Microsoft's decision gives Google more ability to single-handedly decide what possibilities are available to each one of us.

That new browser is said to now carry the codename Anaheim, and will replace Edge as the default browser for Windows 10.

Belfiore points out this isn't Microsoft's first foray into open source browsers. As far as the users are concerned, nothing really is going to change on the surface (no pun intended) and Edge will continue to operate as before, just with better compatibility.

According to Belfiore, Microsoft plans to make the switch to Chromium "over the next year or so".

Despite being the built-in browser on Windows 10, which is installed on around 700 million active devices, Edge owns just a tiny fraction of the desktop browsing market.

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