Microsoft is bringing its Edge browser to macOS

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

Electron works better with Chromium than it does with Edge. If the name rings a bell, it should, because it's the same engine that powers Google Chrome and some other third-party browsers. With almost everything now accessible via the web, the future of the browser is only growing in importance and Microsoft is announcing a significant shift in how the company will play in this market. Microsoft has committed to still advancing web standards, and bringing the current advantages from Edge over to Chromium, such as the accessibility and security features. While Microsoft had no comment at the time, it offered up several details in a blog post today, discussing its reasoning and what it hopes to accomplish.

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.

It's sad that the web has evolved into this, and although you can't really compare the world of IE6 to today, there are similarities there that can't be forgotten, but for Microsoft and its users, this is a good move, and we look forward to seeing how the project evolves. Redmond is confirming a report from earlier this week that it is replacing the EdgeHTML browser engine with Chromium on Microsoft Edge. There is also a possibility that Microsoft Edge will be launched for Mac OS X or other platforms in the future. Microsoft also plans to deliver and update Edge more frequently to all supported versions of Windows.

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While for now the all-new version of the tech giant Microsoft's Windows, which is named as Windows Lite still only appears in some areas of Windows code but it is already a constant presence, showing that soon it will arrive, apparently in a new device, such as Centaurus about which we talked here. Even though Edge was the most standards compliant browser Microsoft ever shipped, that still was not enough for a ideal web experience on every site.

Does Microsoft's new direction with Edge mean Edge finally will be available from the Microsoft Store? Bringing it to Windows 7 essentially puts it on the other 50 percent, making it available to about 500 million more users. New Chromium builds roll out every few weeks. And, of course it will save Microsoft resources.

While Google started Chromium, Microsoft is free to take Chromium and "make it their own". Further, this app will not be in the Microsoft Store and will be serviced outside of that platform. While desktop Edge is Windows 10 only right now, the mobile version is on both Android and iOS. Even though Microsoft officials have said over the years that their plan was to make Edge a Store app, it sounds like Microsoft intends to make it available as a download for non-Windows 10 platforms and not as a Store app for consistency's sake.

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