Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge is real, and it's coming to the Mac

Microsoft Edge Browser To Be Replaced By A Chromium-Powered Web Browser On Windows 10

The end of the browser wars: Microsoft to switch toapp based on same technology as Google's Chrome

Microsoft invites developers to join Microsoft Edge Insider to test preview builds of the new Edge when they become available. That's an inarguable truth as Chromium, which powers the Chrome browser and Chrome OS, has grown to be a whole platform, as the browser and Chromebooks have sat at the front of the pack.

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. In the early days of web browsing, Microsoft embraced proprietary standards, and it was particularly hard for some business professionals to leave IE behind because so much of what they did was built for IE.

Edge itself has struggled to gain much of a following despite Microsoft's attempt to push it as the default in Windows 10. So Edge will likely look more or less as it does now but with certain differences based on the new engine. The goal is to help Edge play better with current Web standards and with other Chromium-based browsers, such as Google Chrome.

Interesting from the perspective of a Windows user is that the new Edge won't be Windows 10 exclusive anymore. The main reasoning behind the MacOS release is because many web developers work in Apple's operating system, and often just skip testing for Edge as it's not available to them. "People using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience improved compatibility with all web sites, while getting the best-possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices".

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The news follows recent reports that Microsoft was working on a new Windows 10 web browser based on the Chromium engine used by Google Chrome. Microsoft also plans to deliver and update Edge more frequently to all supported versions of Windows.

"Microsoft has meaningfully increased participation in the open source software (OSS) community, becoming one of the world's largest supporters of OSS projects". A rising tide raises all ships, as they say, and maybe now you won't rush to install Chrome as soon as you get a new computer. Bringing it to Windows 7 essentially puts it on the other 50 percent, making it available to about 500 million more users.

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

Will Microsoft's decision make it harder for Firefox to prosper? Further, this app will not be in the Microsoft Store and will be serviced outside of that platform. It means web pages will render better, Edge will be updated with new features and changes much faster, and Microsoft can bring Edge to the other half of Windows users.

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