Microsoft confirms Edge switch to Chromium, Windows 7, 8 and macOS support

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It would seem that Chromium, using the rendering engine known as Blink, will be used to build a new Windows 10 web browser.

Some might see this as Mozilla ire against Microsoft for not choosing to use Mozilla's own Gecko Quantum rendering engine, but Mozilla makes a good point.

Belfiore also notes that this change means "Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence".

In response to Microsoft's announcement, Google said it welcomes the Windows maker to the open source community. Users will get improvements in site compatibility and better battery life, while Web developers will get "a less fragmented web platform to test their sites against". The former of those is well underway and is porting work over to bring Chromium support to ARM-64 environments such as those found on the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 or Lenovo's Yoga C630. While Chromium will nearly certainly be a step up for Edge in terms of simplicity, convenience, and potentially even speed, it does hand over more of the browser tech pie to Google - a company that already has a commanding lead in the market.

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If Chromium is going to be the OSS version of the web of the future, there really needs to be more equal stakeholders so development and standards are done by committee.

For users, this means better compliance with web standards and other Chromium-based browsers such as Google's Chrome and Opera. At least, the EdgeHTML rendering engine that is now powering it.

According to the USA technology website The Verge, Microsoft will announce its Chromium navigation plan as soon as possible to improve compatibility with the Windows network. Beyond that, Edge will be coming to MacOS for the first time. But as of today, Edge only has a 4 percent share of the United States browser market, according to StatCounter. After spending lots of time and money begging developers to amend their PWAs to run on Windows/UWP, Microsoft is about to do the exact opposite.

One of the big stories this week has been the rumour and confirmation of Microsoft's move to Chromium. Plus, since Anaheim will be based on Chromium, expect it to perform similarly to Chrome.

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Microsoft plans to bring this new, Chromium-based Edge browser to the Mac.

As part of this shift, Microsoft will also become a significant contributor to Chromium to help improve the rendering engine. 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, like every other browser maker, has long claimed that its offering is the best-performing and most full-featured on the market. All in, this is great news for anyone who struggled with Edge and the fact that websites and web apps simply didn't play well with it from the beginning.

Microsoft will also become a major contributor to the Chromium project as it looks to make Edge even more widely available.

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