Microsoft Edge coming to Mac, based on Google Chromium

Laverne Mann
December 10, 2018

Today Microsoft confirmed the leaks that they will be using Google's Chromium web rendering engine for the Edge browser, and would be contributing their developer expertise to evolving the Chromium and other open source web engines.

As Microsoft announces plans to rebuild Edge from the ground up, the company also said it plans to bring its new version of Edge to older versions of Windows, including Windows 7, and Windows 8, in an effort to make Edge available to more markets.

Microsoft on Thursday said it intends to use the open-source Chromium browser engine in the desktop version of its Edge browser, promising the two per cent of global internet users who favor Edge an improved web experience.

The new browsing app, which will also be called Edge, uses the same open source "Chromium" code as Google's Chrome browser and its ChromeOS software for netbooks.

"Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers". Even though Edge was the most standards compliant browser Microsoft ever shipped, that still was not enough for a flawless web experience on every site. Web engineers would likewise never again need to think about how their pages would look on Microsoft's default program, as they ought to carry on generally equivalent to Chrome program pages.

"Microsoft has lost the battle with Chrome, just like they lost the battle with the web in the past".

Whether consumers will adopt the rebuilt Edge browser is another matter.

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The tech giant Microsoft has in its most used and the latest version of Windows, of course, I am talking about none other than the Windows 10 the center of all its projects in terms of operating systems. While Chromium will nearly certainly be a step up for Edge in terms of simplicity, convenience, and potentially even speed, it does hand over more of the browser tech pie to Google - a company that already has a commanding lead in the market. Microsoft tried, and largely failed, to gain traction for a model where developers supported Windows only web apps, available in the Windows Store, as a way to offer modern web based applications to Windows.

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

The shift to Chromium is part of a broader plan by Microsoft to make its browser more competitive.

A preview build with Chromium under the hood has been planned in early 2019. The move would lessen the use of one of the few major Chromium alternatives left - effectively just Firefox and Safari. Moving over to Chromium has another benefit: more frequent releases.

Beard urges people to give Firefox another try, saying that it has improved dramatically over the past year and a half.

The announcement by Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows at Microsoft, might be considered to be a big concession to Google's browser market dominance with its Chrome browser.

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