RIP Edge: Microsoft Reportedly Switching to Chrome

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Microsoft might be turning its back on the browser business and instead considering to become strange bedfellows with an old foe.


Instead of continuing to offer its Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10, Microsoft will instead build its own browser built on Chromium, the same technology Google uses its for its Chrome browser. The move could be announced as early as this week, according to The Verge, which earlier reported on Microsoft's plans. It also means that after a long and bitter browser war between Microsoft and Google, Microsoft might be finally waving the white flag and turning to Google as a partner rather than an enemy.

Indeed, Microsoft's Edge browser was designed with Windows 10 to be an alternative to Chrome, Firefox, and others. Microsoft would often push people using Windows 10 to ditch Chrome in favor of Edge and went out of its way to try to match technologies to boost its usage and performance on the operating system.

Despite those efforts, Microsoft hasn't had much luck in putting a damper on Chrome. Google's operating system is still the most popular in the world and increasingly, Web developers have relied on Chrome for rendering engines and other technologies that optimize their websites. 

According to The Verge and Windows Central, which earlier reported on Microsoft's moves, the company would ditch the Edge browser and build a new browser built on Chromium's rendering engine. It's unknown when the browser could launch.

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  • John IL Says:

    Edge was never going to win over many users. When it first was released with Win 10 it only ran on Win 10 and not Win 8 or 7. Then it lacked extensions as well and while Microsoft finally added some extensions and ported to IOS and Android. It still left Win 7 and 8 users to choose a abomination of IE 11 or use Chrome or possibly something else. Microsoft had no choice but kill Edge as it stands now and try and reintroduce as a more compliant, extension capable and cross platform browser including Win 7 and Win 8 which it should have done from the start. The only question will be, if this switch to Chromium will be enough to give Edge a edge.

  • oes25 Says:

    Well dammit. I hope this doesn't mean it gets the laggy unresponsive scrolling on precision trackpads and horrible video playback efficiency.

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