Microsoft confirms Edge switch to Chromium, Windows 7, 8 and macOS support

Microsoft Edge Browser To Be Replaced By A Chromium-Powered Web Browser On Windows 10

In a blog post announcing the move, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows, stated that "we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers".

As we mentioned earlier, this is a good move for Microsoft and Edge users, as it should mean future Chromium-based Edge versions will have features that are comparable with Chrome and other Chromium web browsers.

Rumours are spreading that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel with Microsoft Edge, the browser that replaced the much-maligned Internet Explorer in the release of Windows 10. This makes Chromium and its Blink engine the most popular on the web due to Chrome's inherent popularity and omnipresence.

Microsoft invites developers to join Microsoft Edge Insider to test preview builds of the new Edge when they become available.

In addition, Edge has been powered by Chromium on Android already, so the team is at least somewhat familiar with what it can do. There's also a possibility that Edge could come to macOS someday.

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Microsoft says that it is not building a replacement for Edge, but confirms that it will be embracing Chromium in the development of the browser. To accomplish this, we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser's close integration with Windows.

While this move will nearly certainly make Edge more popular (to be fair, it couldn't really get any more unpopular), and widen its audience to new platforms, not everyone is happy with this move.

The news follows recent reports that Microsoft was working on a new Windows 10 web browser based on the Chromium engine used by Google Chrome. Would you give the new Edge a try? New Chromium builds roll out every few weeks. Currently, Edge updates are tied with Windows 10 updates, which means it only gets a handful of updates throughout the year but once it's decoupled from the OS, it can be updated as often as required across all platforms. And, of course it will save Microsoft resources. But if you, like me, have hated the stability of Edge in the past, this could be a welcome change. Belfiore said that improving its product for developers as well as consumers "requires that the web platform and the browser be consistently available to as many devices as possible". Edge works well enough most of the time, sure, but with a fraction of Chromium's adoption, developers aren't almost as inclined to assure their sites work properly with Edge.

Despite being the built-in browser on Windows 10, which is installed on around 700 million active devices, Edge owns just a tiny fraction of the desktop browsing market.

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