Confirmed: Microsoft Will Move to Chromium-Based Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge Browser To Be Replaced By A Chromium-Powered Web Browser On Windows 10

The end of the browser wars: Microsoft to switch toapp based on same technology as Google's Chrome

Microsoft intends to contribute features back to the open-source implementation of Chromium in areas where the company has done some differentiating work, such as around browser accessibility, touch optimization, and work around optimizing Chromium for ARM, company officials said. By incorporating Google's Chromium into Edge on the desktop, along with other sweeping changes being announced today, the company aims to improve its browser in a way that wasn't feasible before. It will also be bringing the browsers to more platforms, including Windows 7, 8 and macOS.

Besides, the decision to implement Chromium does give Edge one clear benefit, which is the fact that it should be easier to bring the browser to macOS and older versions of Windows instead of restricting it to Windows 10. The new variant, codenamed Anaheim, will be rebuilt on the Chromium platform and use the Blink rendering engine and V8 JavaScript engine.

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.

We don't yet have an ETA as to when we can expect this new version of Edge to be made available.

Another key highlight of the announcement is the suggestion that Microsoft Edge is coming to the Mac.

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While for now the all-new version of the tech giant Microsoft's Windows, which is named as Windows Lite still only appears in some areas of Windows code but it is already a constant presence, showing that soon it will arrive, apparently in a new device, such as Centaurus about which we talked here.

The move to Chromium as the underpinnings of Edge should improve the situation quite a bit. After dominating the early web with Internet Explorer and struggling to reach the same prominence with Edge, the company today announced it will be transitioning its browser to a Chromium-based platform in 2019.

That means that a new engine is needed, and according to reports it sounds like Google's Chromium will pick up the slack.

That's ultimately great news for users, because it means that any websites or web apps that have been written for full Chromium support will also work and look exactly the same when the new browser is released. However, we believe that everything that makes Edge unique, such as its focus on inking, providing an excellent reading and PDF experience, will still be there in the new Edge. And, of course it will save Microsoft resources.

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. 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.

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