Microsoft Confirms It Will Adopt Chromium for Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Guts Edge, Adds Chromium to Save Failing Browser

Microsoft confirms that Edge will switch to Chromium

At the time of publication, there is no timeframe for when Edge will launch on Macs, and Microsoft isn't launching a beta or anything like that anytime soon.

Students of web history may recall Mozilla in 2011 did something similar, shifting to a shorter release cycle for Firefox in response to Google's rapid-fire Chrome updates.

"If one product like Chromium has enough market share, then it becomes easier for web developers and businesses to decide not to worry if their services and sites work with anything other than Chromium", wrote Beard. Naturally, Mozilla isn't happy at all about Microsoft's decision on adopting Chromium.

"Clearly Microsoft struggled with being competitive, which was an issue originally created by them selves being incompatible with web standards, which is a benefit when you are the standard, but is a liability when you are not". So, it won't just be a Chrome clone gobbling up all your RAM. The next move probably is going to be to attempt embrace, extend, extinguish as this has worked for them before.

Not an immediate move, the under-the-hood changes to the Microsoft Edge browser will take place "over the next year or so", with the transition described as happening "gradually over time".

Microsoft may be positioning the shift as one that's overall beneficial for its end users and developers, but the decision isn't without its critics. And cross your toes in hopes that we don't someday have only one choice for web browser tech - not that that'd ever happen, right? "Which isn't a competition at all, since browser UI is a commodity". Microsoft's new direction suggests that it will scrap the use of its EdgeHTML rendering engine.

"At a W3C meeting or standards discussion, the room should not be 60 to 70 percent Googlers".

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Moving to the open source code base will allow Microsoft to expand Edge availability. We don't plan to shim under those with a different engine.

To the 7 people who use Microsoft Edge exclusively, I've got some good news for you.

In a new blog post, Microsoft Windows VP Joe Belfiore said that over the next year or so, Microsoft will transition Edge on the desktop to a Chromium-compatible web platform. Can it succeed where EdgeHTML failed? The new variant, codenamed Anaheim, will be rebuilt on the Chromium platform and use the Blink rendering engine and V8 JavaScript engine.

The browser change is the latest attempt by Microsoft to compete in the browser world.

Tab groups and a scrollable tabs bar are coming to Chrome.

Beard finishes his post by imploring consumers to give Firefox a try, noting that it's "radically better than it was 18 months ago". That's an inarguable truth as Chromium, which powers the Chrome browser and Chrome OS, has grown to be a whole platform, as the browser and Chromebooks have sat at the front of the pack.

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