Friday, 14 December, 2018

Microsoft Edge Chromium rumor just confirmed

Microsoft Guts Edge, Adds Chromium to Save Failing Browser Microsoft confirms that Edge will switch to Chromium
Kayla Schwartz | 08 December, 2018, 00:21

"We look forward to working with Microsoft and the Web standards community to advance the open Web, present users with more choice and deliver great browsing experiences".

Microsoft plans to align its Microsoft Edge browser production efforts with the open source Chromium Web platform for the desktop version of the browser, the company announced on Thursday.

In a blog post on the Mozilla website, creator of rival web browser Firefox, Chris Beard states that "by adopting Chromium, Microsoft hands over control of even more of online life to Google". In the meantime, the company said it plans to become a bigger contributor to Google's Chromium project, which is open source. Future versions of Edge would use Google's Chromium rendering engine, which powers a swathe of browsers, including Chrome and Opera. In addition, Microsoft will introduce a version of Edge for macOS, making Edge a true cross-platform browser. You'll get all sorts of emails from them about Microsoft Edge, the web browser, and will be given update after update. To accomplish this, we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser's close integration with Windows.

In case you're interested in trying out the newly-baked Edge, you'll need to wait for few months as the company intends to ship it sometime in 2019. Mozilla laments that Microsoft's decision gives Google the ability "to single-handedly decide what possibilities are available to each of us". And, finally, Microsoft hopes that its participation in the Chromium project will make other Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices.

The goal is to help Edge play better with current Web standards and with other Chromium-based browsers, such as Google Chrome.

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Chrome, and Chromium-based browsers, are now so widely-used in the web browser market that the loss of an alternative only strengthens Chrome's dominance.

While Microsoft hasn't explained technical details yet, it would appear it will swap out EdgeHTML for Chromium's Blink engine, and possibly Chakra for V8. Microsoft even took the unusual step of nagging people to use Edge in Windows. Also important for some, it will continue to provide the Microsoft Edge service-driven understanding of legacy IE-only sites - enabling continued use of various corporate web apps and so on.

Microsoft also makes Edge apps for both Android and iOS mobile operating systems, but these apps already use aspects of the Chromium platform.

Will Microsoft's decision make it harder for Firefox to prosper? Betas may start showing up early next year but we may be a year or so from release.

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