Microsoft is making a big shift to its strategy with Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, and the successor to Internet Explorer.
Microsoft is ditching its own web engine, and instead moving to the Google-created Chromium standard, which powers the market-leading Google Chrome.
This could fix a big annoyance with Microsoft Edge, namely the fact that some websites don’t work properly in the browser.
Microsoft Edge will also be released for Windows 7, Windows 8, and notably, Apple MacOS.
It also means that Microsoft will work with Google and others to improve Chromium, meaning that some underlying Edge technology could start popping up in Chrome and other browsers.
It’s official: Microsoft Edge, the default web browser on Windows 10, will be moving over in the next year to support the Google-born Chromium web engine. Edge was introduced in 2015 as the successor to Internet Explorer.
According to a blog by Windows Corporate VP Joe Belfiore, Microsoft also plans to release versions of Edge for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Apple’s MacOS. This will be the first time Microsoft has supported an internet browser for Apple computers since Internet Explorer for Mac got its final update in 2003.
This strategic shift away from Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML standard and toward Chromium was first reported earlier this week by The Verge and Windows Central. However, contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft doesn’t appear to have plans to scrap Edge entirely, but rather make this technical change under the hood.
This move stands to fix one of the biggest annoyances with Microsoft Edge, namely the fact that some websites simply don’t support the browser. It brings more subtle changes behind the scenes, as well, including paving the way for Google Chrome and other browsers to potentially come to the Windows Store in Windows 10.
For users, the switch to Chromium — which will take about a year to fully come to pass, Microsoft estimates, with a preview version ready in early 2019 — won’t be super-noticeable for the average Edge user. The interface will stay the same, apart from the usual ways in which Microsoft adds more features and tweaks over time.
However, Chromium provides the open-source core for the mega-popular and market-leading Google Chrome browser, which accounts for some 67% of the web browser market, to Edge’s 4% or so. The popularity of Chrome has led most web developers …read more
Source:: Business Insider