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.
Confirming the rumors that it's rebuilding its Edge browser on Chromium, Microsoft Corp. today shed some light on the big-picture plan behind the move.
We recognize the value of competition and intend to bring-to-life our best vision for a Microsoft Edge browser that builds on Chromium open source via differentiated user experience features and connected services.More news: Kate Middleton’s Plans For Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower
The one thing that remains unclear is whether this means that the new Microsoft browser for Windows 10 will keep the Edge UI on top.
Following Microsoft's announcement yesterday, Mozilla penned a farewell post to EdgeHTML, largely lamenting the state of the browser market, Chromium's continued dominance, and what it could mean for the web as a whole.More news: Jose Mourinho unsure over Manchester United's future title credentials due to FFP
The use of chrome as the default rendering engine for Windows 10 ends Microsoft's hostility to Chrome. Beyond that, Edge will be coming to MacOS for the first time. Belfiore says a preview build for developers will start rolling out in early 2019.
Plus, they announced that they will be working on the OSS Project of Chromium to make the web a better experience for everyone. All in, this is great news for anyone who struggled with Edge and the fact that websites and web apps simply didn't play well with it from the beginning.More news: Former US President George H W Bush dies aged 94