Microsoft Announces Move to Chromium For The Edge Browser

Yolanda Curtis
December 8, 2018

He also acknowledged that Microsoft's decision could make it more hard for Firefox to prosper, depending on what web developers and businesses who create services and websites do.

Redmond says the changes to Microsoft Edge will all be "under the hood" and that users shouldn't see a major change in the browser itself. "Belfiore wrote that Microsoft "[expected] this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS", though no specific timeline has yet been offered for when that may happen.

Microsoft has given Edge numerous advantages in the war on retention.

This new version will be slowly developed over the next year and will be available for users to test via preview builds from their new Microsoft Edge Insider program.

While it's not clear yet when Microsoft Edge will become available on macOS, early estimates predict that it could arrive sometime in 2019. Average users will find Edge to be more compatible than ever before.

It has been a very long time since Microsoft launched an official browser for the Mac (over 15 years!), and here we are in 2018 and looking ahead to a bright, Microsoft Edge future. Consumers, on the other hand, will experience "improved compatibility" with all websites when using Edge, Belfiore said.

Edge was never a popular browser, and at the time of writing commands just 4.34 percent of the market, according to NetMarketShare.

"Chrome has been a champion of the open web since inception and we welcome Microsoft to the community of Chromium contributors".

'Microsoft's web browser should finally be able to compete alongside Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and those who are all-in with the Microsoft ecosystem will finally be getting a browser from Microsoft that works well when browsing the web'.

Rumours are spreading that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel with Microsoft Edge, the browser that replaced the much-maligned Internet Explorer in the release of Windows 10. It will be an alternative to what the tech giant Microsoft's Windows 10 S now offers but without any additional service component. The moving to a Chromium-base changes that and that is a good thing. The team noted that its past practice of shipping Edge improvements with full Windows 10 releases had just "slowed our ability to update, causing platform fragmentation and exposing compatibility gaps", which is something it wants to avoid.

Microsoft continues by saying that it will, in turn, become "significant contributor to the Chromium project". It'll contribute Windows accessibility capabilities to the Chromium codebase, as well as improvements in "desktop touch, gesture recognition and scroll/panning smoothness". The Microsoft Careers portal now shows 23 listings associated with "Edge jobs".

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