Microsoft's Edge to morph into a Chromium-based, cross-platform browser

Microsoft Edge Browser To Be Replaced By A Chromium-Powered Web Browser On Windows 10

"We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS".

Microsoft's Corporate VP Joe Belfiore revealed the news in a blog post Thursday, saying the company intends to "to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop".

This morning Microsoft confirmed that the rumors were, indeed, true, that they'd be working with the Chromium open source project for Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft says a preview build of the new Chromium-based Edge will be available "in early 2019", but was not quite ready to share an exact release date or timetable.

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While Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world - and by quite a margin - Edge has been struggling to make an impact for a while now, so this move is (in our view) a good one by Microsoft. These might not be the outcomes Microsoft wanted, but they're the ones its customers deserve, and at least it's willing to admit that.

If you're the type who likes to get eyes on beta versions of software before it hits the masses, there's also an Insider Program for the Edge browser.

In addition, Edge has been powered by Chromium on Android already, so the team is at least somewhat familiar with what it can do.

At the time of publication, there is no timeframe for when Edge will launch on Macs, and Microsoft isn't launching a beta or anything like that anytime soon.

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Over the next year, Microsoft plans to move Edge to a "Chromium-compatible" platform on Windows 10.

While this move will nearly certainly make Edge more popular (to be fair, it couldn't really get any more unpopular), and widen its audience to new platforms, not everyone is happy with this move. That means Edge will be available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 under Microsoft's current lifecycle plans.

Previously, Edge had its own proprietary browser engine, EdgeHTML, which was praised for its performance in some areas, but also brought frustration to web developers due to compatibility issues. However, we believe that everything that makes Edge unique, such as its focus on inking, providing an excellent reading and PDF experience, will still be there in the new Edge. Of course, the new Edge will still tie into your Microsoft account and sync your passwords, bookmarks, and other data across devices. Edge works well enough most of the time, sure, but with a fraction of Chromium's adoption, developers aren't almost as inclined to assure their sites work properly with Edge. As far as the users are concerned, nothing really is going to change on the surface (no pun intended) and Edge will continue to operate as before, just with better compatibility.

The basic idea behind this new version of the tech giant Microsoft's Windows, which is named as Windows Lite is to offer a much lighter and smaller alternative to Windows 10.

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