New Microsoft browser will have Chromium under the hood, replace Edge

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Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge

The new browser is said to have been codenamed 'Anaheim'. Also, it's still unknown whether Anaheim will sport a similar user interface to Edge or wear completely new clothes.

While this still won't be Microsoft integrating Chrome into Windows, it certainly is a step in the right direction.

An announcement from Microsoft about the new Chromium browser could happen as early as this week, according to a report from The Verge. The site thinks that Microsoft will add Anaheim to the Windows 10 Insider builds sometime in the first half of 2019, so we'll see whether Microsoft plans to shine up its browser with Chromium then. In recent years, Chrome (more precisely, its browser engine, Blink) has basically become the standard for rendering the web. According to Petri it is a version of Windows that is focused on Chromebooks, laptops running on Chrome OS.

Yesterday, a rumor popped up that Microsoft is building a new browser to replace Edge, but this time it's based on Chromium-the same open source engine on which Google Chrome is based. The catch is - it won't be built on the EdgeHTML engine, but rather on Chromium, instead.

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According to analytics service Net Applications, Edge now has a 4.2 percent share of the browser market as of this November, while Chrome is at 65.6 percent. Being a part of the Fast ring means that you get updates approximately every two weeks, which can be extremely buggy.

Additionally, Microsoft engineers have partnered with Google to work on developing a version of the browser that works with Windows on ARM. That's good news for anyone out there who wants to browse the web with the power of Chrome but doesn't want to actually use Chrome to do it.

According to Microsoft pundit Brad Sams, there are a considerable number of clues about the streamlined new operating system hidden inside the latest Windows 10 insider build, which is now being beta tested. 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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