Microsoft Killing Edge Browser to Make Chrome-Powered Alternative

Yolanda Curtis
December 5, 2018

Now, sources tell Windows Central that Microsoft plans to throw out that browser and build a new one based on Chromium, an open-source engine that was originally used in Google Chrome.

Edge, which is based around the EdgeHTML rendering engine, has struggled since it came to Windows 10 in 2015 as a replacement for Internet Explorer. Sources close to Windows Central cite instability and its general lack of popularity, from users and developers alike. Google's operating system is still the most popular in the world and increasingly, Web developers have relied on Chrome for rendering engines and other technologies that optimize their websites. This has lead to the possibility that they may be designing a Chromium-based browser, under the moniker Project Anaheim, to replace Edge as their embedded browser.

It's not clear when Microsoft might introduce its next browser-Windows Central reckons it will show up in the 19H1 Windows Insider builds that are now being tested.

So, despite having recently remade a whole new web browser from scratch with Edge several years ago, it looks like they are going to go back to the drawing board and remake another browser all over again. The new browser id codenamed "Anaheim", and it is also unknown if it will share the same UI or not. It will be able to run on any processor, up to and including Qualcomm and other ARM based processors and is likely targeting the same market as Chromebooks now do. According to the report, we should see Anaheim introduced in the 19H1 development cycle, which Insiders will soon be testing in the Fast ring.

Integrations with Chrome have already happened.

This update will cause changes to the PC and Windows phone versions of Edge only. This decision allowed Microsoft to include features such as built-in ad blocking. Even Microsoft's largely deprecated Internet Explorer stands much better, with a 11.19% market share. It was also widely criticised for its security issues, and Microsoft itself urged users to stop using IE6 in 2011.

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