We have earlier reported that Microsoft is planning to say goodbye to the rendering engine EdgeHTML that power Microsoft Edge in favor of Chromium.
Microsoft has also confirmed it will be breaking Edge apart from the standard Windows update path, which means Edge will be able to get updates a lot faster and in a more streamlined fashion, as it won't rely on getting an update to the entire Windows platform. The central assertion is that Microsoft Edge will adopt the Chromium open source project "create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers", wrote Belfiore.
Google has also developed a web service that uses only Chrome for the simple reason that its engineers have contributed to many networking standards, making it often the first company to adopt new networking technologies. All Microsoft said for a timetable was "in the next year or so" and noted that Edge on Chromium would be updated more frequently and would land for macOS.
As part of this development, Microsoft plans to move Edge to a Chromium-compatible web platform, which means all those Chrome extensions you use will now be available for Edge users. It also notes that if Chromium has enough market share, it could make it easier for web developers to ignore Firefox, ensuring that their websites and services function on other browsers. An Edge preview using the open source Chromium technologies is expected to show up in "early 2019" as part of the Microsoft Edge Insider Program for test builds.
That is fantastic news for the rest of us though there is no doubt that while Microsoft will be improving the overall Chromium experience they will probably still hold back certain features for their own browser that will now be based around Chromium. So Edge will likely look more or less as it does now but with certain differences based on the new engine. Ironically, in terms of experience, Microsoft Edge is lagging far behind in comparison to its rival, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
The move to Chromium is certainly going to be a huge one for Edge as a browser.
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Microsoft's grand browser experiment flopped in the marketplace, so the company is turning to an unlikely successor: the open-source Chromium project. As EdgeHTML powers the web platform in UWP apps as well, the shift could be quite complicated. And Microsoft was not shy at trying to convince you to give it a spin - especially if you were downloading Chrome on a newly installed system.
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