Microsoft Killing Edge Browser to Make Chrome-Powered Alternative

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

The rumour is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft, and as such it's not known if it would be a replacement for Edge with a new name, or a relaunch on the new engine.

According to Windows Central's anonymous sources, Microsoft intends to replace the Edge browser with a new browser code-named Anaheim on the Windows 10 operating system.

Indeed, Microsoft's Edge browser was designed with Windows 10 to be an alternative to Chrome, Firefox, and others. Microsoft engineers were spotted committing codes to the Chromium project, thereby suggesting that they will be actively working with Google for an enhanced web browsing experience on Windows 10. It is thought that Anaheim could be seen in the 19H1 update, so Windows Insiders may well get a look at the browser in the not-too-distant future. This initiative could also pave the way for development of the new Chromium-based browser. Even the browser that Edge supplanted, the defunct Internet Explorer, was sitting at 9.64 per cent.

In context: Microsoft is going on the offensive against Google now more than ever if recent findings are anything to go by. The main complaints from users stemmed from the underlying browser engine (EdgeHTML) being unable to keep up with the equivalent provided by Chromium.

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The implications here are bigger than just a newer version of Edge with an improved rendering engine, though: it also means that Microsoft will be using an open source engine in its browser.

The Redmond Zune-flinger says that the 1809 build of Windows 10 will not be able to install on machines that run Cisco AMP for Endpoints.

However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide.

The rumours state that the new browser will be using Chromium - Google's rendering engine that powers the Chrome browser, for the foundation of the new browser. As to whether the interface will be radically changed or not, we do not know, but we can expect some change on that front as well.

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