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Microsoft may kill off Edge for a new Chrome-based browser

05 December 2018

The mobile version uses different rendering engines specific to those platforms and Anaheim is more seen as a PC browser solution.

Windows Central reports that the bundled browser introduced with Windows 10 has become little more than that joke about being "the one you use to download Chrome with" (even internally) and Microsoft has learned to take the hint. Using the Chromium engine could help Microsoft's new browser work with the same extensions available to Chrome.

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.

That's ultimately great news for users, because it means that any websites or web apps that have been written for full Chromium support will also work and look exactly the same when the new browser is released.

According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is moving its default Windows 10 internet browser to Blink, a web rendering engine developed as part of the Chromium project. The site cites an anonymous source and says with a solid degree of certainty that "EdgeHTML in Windows 10's default browser is dead".

There's still no official name for the browser. In 1995, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer and started bundling it with Windows in order to snatch away market share from the then-dominant browser, Netscape. For now, Microsoft still needs to finish building the mysterious Chromium-based browser ready for Insider testing. According to Petri it is a version of Windows that is focused on Chromebooks, laptops running on Chrome OS. As to whether the interface will be radically changed or not, we do not know, but we can expect some change on that front as well. 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.

Microsoft may kill off Edge for a new Chrome-based browser