Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft Edge Chromium rumor just confirmed

Microsoft Edge Chromium rumor just confirmed

The Register asked Microsoft what this shift means for ChakraCore, its Edge JavaScript engine which the company has been trying to integrate with Node.js via its Node-ChakraCore project as an alternative to Google's V8 JavaScript engine.

There is still no certainty of choosing the name Windows Lite for the new version of the tech giant Microsoft's Windows as it may be just an internal code from the tech giant Microsoft, but the truth is that the company should adopt a unique designation to differentiate this new version of Windows which is named as Windows Lite.

Microsoft today confirmed rumors that the company is indeed moving its Edge browser to Google's open source Chromium engine.

Because Chromium is open source, Microsoft will also be giving back to the community, causing other Chromium browsers such as Chrome to improve as well on Windows. Earlier this week, Windows Central reported that Microsoft planned to ditch Edge and replace it with a new Chromium-based browser.

The new Edge won't be a Universal Windows Platform app in order to make it usable outside of Windows 10, which accounts for about half of all Windows installations. It's unclear if many Mac users will make a move from Safari to Edge, but options are always welcome in any case.


What is not clear is what sort of timescale Microsoft is working to, and when Edge users can expect to see any changes.

If you're the type who likes to get eyes on beta versions of software before it hits the masses, there's also an Insider Program for the Edge browser.

Belfiore points out this isn't Microsoft's first foray into open source browsers.

Due to their lack of momentum since the release of Windows 10, the company is announcing a significant change today, they are building a new browser that is based on Chromium. The company was trying to constantly update its rendering engine while also trying to add new features to the browser; resources were spread thin.

It's sad that the web has evolved into this, and although you can't really compare the world of IE6 to today, there are similarities there that can't be forgotten, but for Microsoft and its users, this is a good move, and we look forward to seeing how the project evolves. Yet it's also an admission of defeat-just like the decision to invest more into mobile apps for iOS and Android devices signaled the end of its mobile ambitions. In addition, Microsoft says it will update Edge more frequently. Of course, the new Edge will still tie into your Microsoft account and sync your passwords, bookmarks, and other data across devices. Beyond that, Edge will be coming to MacOS for the first time. By switching Edge to Chromium, Microsoft can leverage some of that popularity and jump ahead of the queue instead of being in a constant battle with web developers and changing goalposts. However, once the new version of Edge is ready, I think most people will be happy with this change. Microsoft plans to focus on performance and battery life while building the new browser.

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