Microsoft confirms Edge on Chromium and comes with macOS version

Dec

6

2018

Microsoft is going to base its Edge browser on Chromium, the company confirms after rumors about this. The switch enables the company to bring the browser to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Apple’s macOS.

According to Joe Belfiore of the Windows division, the switch ensures that users have better web-compatibility and developers with less fragmentation. According to him, Microsoft wants to make a major contribution to Chromium as an open source project. According to the CEO, Edge and other Chromium-based browsers benefit from this. He points out that the link with open source is not new to Edge, since the mobile version of the browser is already based on Chromium.

The name Edge is retained and somewhere in the coming year Microsoft will carry out the changes under the bonnet. The company does not mention it in so many words, but this will most likely mean that Edge’s EdgeHTML render engine will be replaced by Blink from Chromium and the Chakra-JavaScript engine by Chromium’s V8 engine. Which specific Edge functions are retained is unknown.

Microsoft used to know in the past that Edge was deeply intertwined with Windows 10 and therefore did not run on other platforms. This would, among other things, have advantages in terms of speed and security. The switch to Chromium enables a cross-platform browser that also runs on old but still supported Windows versions. This automatically means that Edge will not be a Universal Windows App anymore, but a Win32 program. Microsoft also expects Edge to come to other platforms, including macOS.

Microsoft promises that from now on Edge will receive more updates. The step is to ensure that the popularity of Edge will increase. Since 2015, the browser has barely gained market share, partly due to compatibility issues, start-up problems with missing functions and the fact that the browser only ran on Windows 10. In practice, Chromium has become the de-facto standard for browsers, partly due to the preponderance that Google Chrome has on the browser market.

In early 2019, Microsoft expects to have a preview version of Chromium-based Edge ready for users to try.

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