Microsoft abandons the Edge

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Instead of continuing to offer its Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10, Microsoft will instead build its own browser built on Chromium, the same technology Google uses its for its Chrome browser.

Now, Petri reports that Microsoft is working on yet another lightweight iteration of Windows, similar to Windows 10 S and RT; both of which are stripped-down versions of the full-fat desktop Windows 10 experience.

Still, the move is surprising as it's a big admission of defeat for Microsoft.

There is no information regarding a re-branding or change in user interface which may accompany this switch in rendering engine, but the adoption of Chromium should ensure that Windows 10's default browser works just as well as Google Chrome across web applications. As such, many web developers optimize their sites to work best in Chrome, with Firefox and Edge more of an afterthought.

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Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers, such as Opera and other Android browsers, already dominate in browser market share.

Beyond compatibility issues, Edge has also been hampered by a lack of widespread support for extensions.

Now, however, we may be near the point in which Microsoft throws in the towel and switches to a browser based on Chromium, Google's open-source browser project upon which Chrome (and several other browser, like courageous or Opera) is built.

For the uninitiated, Chromium is the open-source web rendering engine that forms the basis of the ever-popular Google Chrome browser.

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But it could be seen as bad news for the punter - it risks all browsers starting to become much-of-a-muchness so vendors will have to try twice as hard to make theirs stand out.

An announcement from Microsoft about the new Chromium browser could happen as early as this week, according to a report from The Verge.

Microsoft engineers were recently discovered committing code for a Chromium project created to get Google Chrome to work on Windows 10 for ARM. has contacted Microsoft for comment and will update the story with any further details.

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