Microsoft Edge Team Confirms Plans To Help Improve Chrome

Microsoft is reportedly replacing Edge with a Chromium-based browser

Edge had features like popup notifications that tied it directly into Windows 10 and provided users with updates even when the browser was somewhere in the background. Whether the move will convince many Windows 7 and 8.1 users to switch to Edge remains to be seen; my initial guess is that some will try Edge when it first comes out but won't probably switch to it unless it offers something spectacular that other Chromium-based browsers don't offer.

However, the most exciting piece of information came recently from TechCrunch which announced that Microsoft Edge would officially arrive on macOS, but they did not reveal when is that going to happen.

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 case you're interested in trying out the newly-baked Edge, you'll need to wait for few months as the company intends to ship it sometime in 2019. Maybe it will help Edge become a competitive browser.

Microsoft's first tasks in switching to Chromium will include porting work to ensure Chromium support for Arm64, adding Microsoft UI Automation (UIA) interfaces to improve accessibility on Chromium, improving desktop touch for modern Windows devices, and patterning with the Chromium security team. Devs will now be asked to (yet again) amend those apps, this time to support a new WebView in Edge on Chromium that will allow UWP apps to run on any platform/version where the new browser can run. There is evidence that Microsoft is about to introduce Chrome on Windows because its engineers worked with Google to support Chrome on Windows operating systems supported by ARM. We are incorporating Google's Chromium into Edge on the desktop, along with other sweeping changes aiming to improve our browser in a way that wasn't feasible before. One of them is that Microsoft plans to continue its ChakraCore JavaScript engine in the Microsoft Edge browser. Ironically, in terms of experience, Microsoft Edge is lagging far behind in comparison to its rival, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

Opera and Google both applaud the move; Opera pointing out that they did something very similar about 6 years ago while Google welcomes Microsoft to the open source community it once spurned.

Over the next year, Microsoft plans to move Edge to a "Chromium-compatible" platform on Windows 10. Moving over to Chromium has another benefit: more frequent releases. However, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard thinks it will give Google more power to "single-handedly" determine how people use the web, and could harm Mozilla's chances of competing with Google.

"Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences", stated Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President for Windows, in a blog post.

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