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RIP Edge: Microsoft Reportedly Switching to Chrome

RIP Edge: Microsoft Reportedly Switching to Chrome”

It remains to be seen if improved performance and stability will be enough to get more folks on Windows 10 to switch from Google's offering in the near future.

As you may well be aware, Chrome is the clear market leader when it comes to web browsers, so Microsoft's decision to switch to Chromium rather than its own browser engine is the obvious choice in terms of trying to ensure better compatibility for Windows 10's new default browser (which is now codenamed Anaheim).

Microsoft has put a lot of work into making Edge, well, a really good browser.

If that's legit, it'll see Microsoft swap out the EdgeHTML engine it built from scratch for the one that's part of the open source Chromium base, and powers Google Chrome, Opera, and courageous. As such, many web developers optimize their sites to work best in Chrome, with Firefox and Edge more of an afterthought. It will utilize the Blink rendering engine which powers Google Chrome. There are many uncertainties about the incoming browser, such as the whether Microsoft will retain or ditch its Edge branding or current user interface; however Anaheim will most certainly put an end to EdgeHTML and usher in the company's first effort on Chromium.

It would seem as compatibility was the biggest issue with Edge, and that Edge's consumers were pushing Microsoft to do something about it.

Chromium is a browser engine popularised by Google Chrome, also used by Opera, Amazon Silk for its Fire range of devices, and a variety of other browers. But all we know for now is that it's codenamed Anaheim.

Whatever the rationale behind this decision is, Anaheim will likely be compatible with the huge number of Chrome extensions out there.

Although this just a rumour, for now, evidence of Microsoft considering new web browser has already surfaced on the Internet. Marred with early issues, as well as an overreliance on its predecessor led to a slow adoption rate in comparison to competition, causing Microsoft to reportedly rethink its approach once again in favour of Chromium. Honestly, we can't wait to see what Microsoft could do with the Chromium engine.

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