Dec 4, 2018

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Microsoft to dump Edge and create a Chromium based browser!

Well, it's official, Microsoft is reportedly throwing in the towel on their latest attempt at browser relevance and are giving up on the widely unpopular Edge browser! It's kind of ironic too, since it was Microsoft that won the original browser wars of the late 90's when they killed off Netscape Navigator by installing Internet Explorer by default in Windows.

What goes around comes around I guess right? I mean, Microsoft was king of the heap until Firefox and eventually Chrome came around. Well, apparently Microsoft is officially throwing in the towel and will now be making their next browser based on Chromium, the engine that powers Chrome!

From BI:
...Microsoft is moving away from its own EdgeHTML rendering engine and towards Chromium, the web engine that powers Google Chrome. Chromium, first released by Google in 2008, has become the web's predominant standard, thanks to the wild success of the Chrome browser. 
The success of Chromium has become something of a headache for Microsoft, both internally and externally — the Verge reports that employees and customers alike have been "frustrated" that the Microsoft Edge browser doesn't work properly with some websites and apps that were optimized for Chromium. 
And so, it sounds like Microsoft is poised to release a new browser, based on Chromium, that would leave EdgeHTML in the past. Intriguingly, the Verge reports that this move would also open the door for a version of Google Chrome on the Windows app store — the main thing stopping that from happening, so far, is that Microsoft has required all web browsers in the Windows Store to use EdgeHTML. If EdgeHTML goes, so too will that barrier.
What do you think about this? Do you think Microsoft will finally give us a browser worth using? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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