Microsoft Confirms Edge will use Chromium Rendering Engine, Launches Insider Program

Microsoft Confirms Edge will use Chromium Rendering Engine, Launches Insider Program

What this means is that Microsoft has to invest heavily in upgrading its engine while also dealing with whatever issues Chrome introduces as many devs only build websites that render using that engine and fail to check to see if other browsers render correctly. The company says this will enable it to bring Edge to other versions of Windows, like 7 and 8.1, and other platforms like macOS in the near-future. Electron works better with Chromium than it does with Edge. After years of trying to compete with Google's web technology with EdgeHTML, the Windows creator is finally caving in and will use V8 JaveScript and Blink to power its default browser. Web developers won't have to worry about testing their sites on yet another platform. A preview build is coming in early 2019. "And it could happen again", Beard stated.

'Will Microsoft's decision make it harder for Firefox to prosper? Competition is good, but in this case it seems like collaboration should be even better. With this, they are planning to bring Microsoft Edge support for the macOS as well. The next move probably is going to be to attempt embrace, extend, extinguish as this has worked for them before. "These are interesting times for browsers and we have to see how this evolves". That's not to say switching to Chromium was a complete no-brainer, but if Microsoft wants Edge to be relevant, it might be the only option. Much has been written about what's happening with Edge, including Joe Belfiore's announcement post, a statement of "intent" by the Edge team on GitHub, and in numerous posts and Tweets scattered across the web. Of course, we also assume that Edge would incorporate the required elements to fit into the Apple ecosystem correctly.

"Fewer engines could be acceptable for as long as ownership and the standards process regarding those fewer engines are diverse, and not controlled by one organization", writes Christant.

The shift is noteworthy, in large part, because Chromium was first made popular as the underpinning of the Google Chrome browser.

The news follows recent reports that Microsoft was working on a new Windows 10 web browser based on Chromium.

Following Microsoft's announcement yesterday, Mozilla penned a farewell post to EdgeHTML, largely lamenting the state of the browser market, Chromium's continued dominance, and what it could mean for the web as a whole.

It's our intention to support existing Chrome extensions.

The creator of Firefox has warned that Microsoft's decision to use the search giant's Chromium technology could undermine the independence of the online world. 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.

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