Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

RIP Edge: Microsoft Reportedly Switching to Chrome

RIP Edge: Microsoft Reportedly Switching to Chrome

These browsers were faster and more advanced than Internet Explorer and they slowly chipped away at Microsoft's browser market share, prompting Microsoft to essentially kill IE in 2015 and replace it with Edge.

Following that old saying, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em", Microsoft might be kicking its Edge browser to the curb and replacing it with a Chromium-based browser.

Microsoft has put a lot of work into making Edge, well, a really good browser.

It was built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was created to be fast, lightweight, and secure. The project is presently named as Anaheim and will host web pages in a fashion pretty similar to how Google's Chrome handles it.

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It would seem as compatibility was the biggest issue with Edge, and that Edge's consumers were pushing Microsoft to do something about it. Unknown is whether Microsoft will keep the Edge name or give the browser a new name or whether the user interface between Edge and Anaheim will differ, according to Windows Central. Google forked Blink from Apple's open source WebKit rendering engine, which is used by the Safari browser and previously by Chrome and other Android browsers.

Now, however, we may be near the point in which Microsoft throws in the towel and switches to a browser based on Chromium, Google's open-source browser project upon which Chrome (and several other browser, like courageous or Opera) is built. Though the number of supported extensions continues to grow, Edge pales in comparison to Chrome. For example, if Microsoft does something innovative with its fork of the Chromium engine, Google could then easily add that to Chrome.

But it could be seen as bad news for the punter - it risks all browsers starting to become much-of-a-muchness so vendors will have to try twice as hard to make theirs stand out. Microsoft may unveil Anaheim at some point in the Preview Build 18290, which is now being tested in the Fast ring by Windows insiders, Windows Central said. Marred with early issues, as well as an overreliance on its predecessor led to a slow adoption rate in comparison to competition, causing Microsoft to reportedly rethink its approach once again in favour of Chromium.

Download.com has contacted Microsoft for comment and will update the story with any further details.

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