Microsoft Edge Browser Shifting to Open Source Chromium Platform

Microsoft Edge Browser Shifting to Open Source Chromium Platform

"Microsoft's decision gives Google more ability to single-handedly decide what possibilities are available to each one of us".

The Microsoft Edge browser now runs on the EdgeHTML engine.

Belfiore also promised that IT departments will see better Web app compatibility on Windows systems.

It's worth noting that the company also plans to bring Microsoft Edge to more platforms, including macOS. We compete with Google because the health of the internet and online life depend on competition and choice. Microsoft expects to have a first preview build ready in early 2019; this suggests that Microsoft started work on migrating Edge to the new code-base for some time already.

"Because we'll continue to provide the Microsoft Edge service-driven understanding of legacy IE-only sites, Corporate IT will have improved compatibility for both old and new web apps in the browser that comes with Windows", he said.

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It's not clear if Edge will become available for users of the long-term servicing channel versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server.

Not an immediate move, the under-the-hood changes to the Microsoft Edge browser will take place "over the next year or so", with the transition described as happening "gradually over time". Consumers, on the other hand, will experience "improved compatibility" with all websites when using Edge, Belfiore said.

Another key highlight of the announcement is the suggestion that Microsoft Edge is coming to the Mac. Much has been written about what's happening with Edge, including Joe Belfiore's announcement post, a statement of "intent" by the Edge team on GitHub, and in numerous posts and Tweets scattered across the web. The Chromium Blink engine is generally better supported by sites, even if EdgeHTML had some impressive optimizations for Windows 10. That probably won't amount to much-Edge will have the same amount of competition, plus the addition of Apple's Safari browser on its own platform-but at least those few people who prefer Microsoft's browser will be able to use it elsewhere.

[.] we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser's close integration with Windows. It will be an alternative to what the tech giant Microsoft's Windows 10 S now offers but without any additional service component. Competition is nearly always a good thing. Currently, Edge updates are tied with Windows 10 updates, which means it only gets a handful of updates throughout the year but once it's decoupled from the OS, it can be updated as often as required across all platforms.

Microsoft's decision to change browser engines in mid-flight demonstrates the difficulty of matching the pace of active open source projects. And it's hiring to that end, too, according to a Twitter post.

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