Microsoft to ditch Edge for new Chromium based browser

Microsoft to ditch Edge for new Chromium based browser

Microsoft to ditch Edge for new Chromium based browser

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). While that may be the case, we don't think that this new browser will "replace" Edge, we think it is Edge.

There's still no official name for the browser.

The current Edge browser has been criticised since launch.

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

Windows Central said Microsoft is tossing EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, a rendering engine first popularised by Google's Chrome browser.

The report claims that Edge's rendering engine, EdgeHTML, is "dead" though it's unclear whether the new browser will live under the Edge brand or be called something else entirely.

However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide. As such, many web developers treat Chrome as the base for their apps and sites, and many web apps are built specifically with Chrome (and thus Chromium) in mind. "We are fully committed to continuing to do so into the future, across the full spectrum of Windows 10 platforms and form factors".

The underappreciated web browser that's standard with Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system may be getting an overhaul, from the inside out. Being a part of the Fast ring means that you get updates approximately every two weeks, which can be extremely buggy. The activity was reported by 9to5Google, which noted that Microsoft, Google and Qualcomm were all seemingly working on the code to get Chromium working on "Windows 10 on ARM", a version of Windows created to run on mobile devices like the HP Envy X2. However, I do feel a little sad because I have been using Edge on one of my lower spec laptops and found it far outperformed Chrome thanks to its lower memory use.

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