Microsoft announces major changes to the default browser in Windows 10 today. Redmond is confirming a report this week that is replacing the EdgeHTML browser engine with Chromium on Microsoft Edge.
Chromium is the open source browser that supports Google Chrome, as well as other smaller browsers. The development of Chromium is mostly driven by Google engineers and other open source contributors.
Microsoft plans to move Edge to a "Chromium-compatible" platform on Windows 10 over the next year. The company expects to become an important contributor to the Chromium project, saying its engineers have already started working on ARM support. best. It also plans to contribute to Chromium to improve Chromium-based browsers, including Edge, to work better with Windows 10 hardware. Part of this includes the introduction of improved touch support and web accessibility. .
Moving to Chromium will allow Microsoft to provide frequent updates to Edge on Windows 10, even on previous versions of the operating system, which has not been possible in the past. The company says this will allow Edge to be ported to other versions of Windows, like 7 and 8.1, and other platforms like MacOS in the near future.
Redmond says that changes to Microsoft Edge will all be "under the hood" and that users should not see a major change in the browser itself. The company hopes that the move to Chromium will help make the Web much more of a consistent experience for users and web developers. As developers no longer have to test their Web sites and their Web apps for EdgeHTML separately, the Web will also be less fragmented, allowing simpler testing and a more consistent experience for everyone.
Microsoft hopes to publish an early preview version of the new Microsoft Edge at the start of 2019. However, the details of all this are very poor at the moment, and it is likely because Microsoft was actually forced to disclose his plans to the public after the great escape from this week.
The transition to Chromium will certainly be huge for Edge as a browser. Since EdgeHTML also powers the Web platform in UWP apps, the transition could be quite complicated. But if you, like me, hated the stability of Edge in the past, this could be a positive change. Or not. It all depends on how Microsoft implements Chromium and how quickly everything happens.
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