The recent rumors were true: Microsoft & # 39; s Edge will become a Chromium-based browser.
Microsoft's Microsoft vice president, Joe Belfiore, revealed the news in a blog post on Thursday, saying the company intends to "adopt the open source Chromium project in developing Microsoft Edge on the desktop."
Here's the kicker: Microsoft plans to bring this new Chromium-based Edge browser to the Mac.
According to Belfiore, Microsoft plans to move to Chromium "in the next year or so".
For users, this means better compliance with Web standards and other Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera. Microsoft also plans to provide and update Edge more frequently to all supported versions of Windows. And finally, Microsoft hopes its participation in the Chromium project will make other Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices.
Hello to all Microsoft Edge fans … we have worked on some plans to make Edge more compatible and more widely available. We think this will make IT users, developers and IT managers happier with Edge!
Here are the details … https://t.co/Ii7AeKyUfd
̵1; Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) 6 December 2018
And, yes, Belfiore says that all this work will allow company to "bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS". The company probably does not expect to get a huge market share from the move; competing with Chrome's native Safari and MacOS would be a daunting task.
Instead, it is about improving the browser. As Belfiore states: "Improving the web platform experience for both end users and developers requires that the web platform and the browser are constantly available on as many devices as possible."
Users of the current Edge do not have to do anything since the switch is not happening very soon. Microsoft plans to create a preview of the new Chromium-based Edge browser "at the start of 2019".