Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Microsoft set to replace Windows 10's Edge with a Chromium-based browser

Microsoft set to replace Windows 10's Edge with a Chromium-based browser

Microsoft has already made this move on Android and iOS, where its Edge browser uses the Blink and Webkit rendering engines, while using the Edge UI on top. The catch is - it won't be built on the EdgeHTML engine, but rather on Chromium, instead.

Of course, conversly, we could also see tighter integration of Microsoft products into Chrome, so perhaps it's swings and roundabouts.

Reportedly, Windows 10 version 1809 has compatibility issues with anti-malware solution Morphisec Protector or another application that uses the Morphisec Software Development Kit (SDK) including Cisco AMP for Endpoints. Further, this would resolve alleged "growing frustrations" within Microsoft centred on the Edge browser. It will be able to run on any processor, up to and including Qualcomm and other ARM based processors and is likely targeting the same market as Chromebooks now do. Thanks to its near-ubiquitous nature, web developers have come to favour Chrome's rendering engine for website optimization. Some, including Mozilla developers, have been anxious that as Blink and WebKit's (a very similar rendering engine to Blink) market share increases, developers will have no interest in testing their websites on other browsers. The project is presently named as Anaheim and will host web pages in a fashion pretty similar to how Google's Chrome handles it. Often that leads to Chrome-only web services due to fast adoption. The new default browser, which the site says is codenamed "Anaheim", may or may not maintain the public "Edge" brand and may or may not have the same user interface, but it will no longer be built on EdgeHTML.

Windows Central also noted that Microsoft engineers were recently spotted committing code to the Chromium project to help get Chrome to run on ARM.

Microsoft Edge has struggled to take off in the three years since launch, despite shipping as the default browser for Windows 10. It's an exciting prospect for a few reasons.

Better yet, we may finally see Microsoft's animosity towards Chrome abate.

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 fearless or Opera) is built.

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