Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace EdgeHTML

Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace EdgeHTML

Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace EdgeHTML

Now, after depending heavily on its own browsing engine technology, Microsoft will make Chromium, the open-source heart of Google's Chrome browser, a key part of Edge, essentially acknowledging that Google's technology has become dominant.

With this announcement comes confirmation Microsoft also plans on releasing Edge for older versions of Windows.

On the other hand, we also do not know the functions or the design that Microsoft Edge for macOS would incorporate, although we expect to see something similar to what is the Microsoft Edge browser is now offering on Windows and other platforms.

Edge for the desktop now just runs on Windows 10, but the promise of bringing Edge to all supported Windows versions suggests that Microsoft will build it for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, too, as well as associated Windows Server products.

The Windows maker believes that this move will create better web compatibility for customers.

No matter your position on Microsoft's announcement this week that it is moving its Edge browser to the Chromium engine in 2019, one thing's for sure: it has stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

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Web developers have the most to gain. Even though Edge was the most standards compliant browser Microsoft ever shipped, that still was not enough for a flawless web experience on every site.

The Chromium project does include the use of the Blink rendering engine. Now, Microsoft Edge will finally arrive on macOS, too. With almost everything now accessible via the web, the future of the browser is only growing in importance and Microsoft is announcing a significant shift in how the company will play in this market. The move would lessen the use of one of the few major Chromium alternatives left - effectively just Firefox and Safari. Competition is nearly always a good thing. Microsoft plans to release Microsoft Edge, the new version that is based on Chromium, for all supported versions of Windows.

This is a big step for Microsoft, for the Microsoft Edge team, and we recognize it will be a big step for the Chromium project as well.

The CEOs of Mozilla has expressed his misgivings about the move, saying it "give [s] Google more power to "single-handedly" determine how people use the web" and could hurt Mozilla's chances of competing.

As part of this shift, Microsoft will also become a significant contributor to Chromium to help improve the rendering engine. But there were earlier signs that Microsoft planned to play nice with Google's open source project, including reports that the company was helping to bring Chrome to Windows 10 on Arm devices as a native app instead of an emulated version of one.

Plus, they announced that they will be working on the OSS Project of Chromium to make the web a better experience for everyone.

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