Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

RIP Edge: Microsoft Reportedly Switching to Chrome

RIP Edge: Microsoft Reportedly Switching to Chrome

A report from Windows Central suggests Microsoft plans to ditch its proprietary EdgeHTML back end for Chromium-which could spell a more pleasant browser experience for Edge users. For now, Microsoft still needs to finish building the mysterious Chromium-based browser ready for Insider testing.

This new Windows OS, simply called "Lite" for now, could directly take on Google's own minimalist Chrome OS.

If this sounds like Greek, then what you need to know is EdgeHTML is a rendering engine Microsoft specifically built for its browser. A brand new browser based on the Chromium engine could go a long way toward drawing in more users and resolving numerous complaints about Edge. As such, many web developers optimize their sites to work best in Chrome, with Firefox and Edge more of an afterthought.

As we noted in an article yesterday, Edge's market share dropped again according to one set of stats - with Netmarketshare pegging it at barely more than 4% of overall share - and it has been going backwards for a while now, despite Microsoft trying to push it hard by various means. It's unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface between Edge and Anaheim is different. Using the Chromium engine could help Microsoft's new browser work with the same extensions available to Chrome. Though the number of supported extensions continues to grow, Edge pales in comparison to Chrome.

Although this just a rumour, for now, evidence of Microsoft considering new web browser has already surfaced on the Internet.

An announcement from Microsoft about the new Chromium browser could happen as early as this week, according to a report from The Verge.

Before we bang the major failure drum too much, though, at least Microsoft has had the courage to make the realization that it needs to switch - assuming that we do indeed see the new Chromium-powered effort unveiled imminently.

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