New Microsoft Edge will be based on Google Chrome technology, Check it out!
Rumors that Microsoft would be using Google Chrome technology in future versions of its Edge browser were real. Through a post on the company’s official blog, Joe Belfiore, a leading developer of Windows, announced that Microsoft is starting to develop Edge based on the Chromium Project.
Chromium is an open source project created by Google and developed in conjunction with a community of independent developers and some companies. The result is a base browser that gives rise to Google Chrome itself and a host of other browsers.
Edge will then be one of those browsers based on the technology developed together for Chromium. But that’s not to say that the Microsoft app will be just a copy of Chrome. In his official statement, Belfiore says users should not expect drastic changes or functionality.
“Today we are announcing the adoption of the Chromium open source project in the development of Edge for desktop in order to create better compatibility for our users and less web fragmentation for web developers,” Belfiore said.
The executive also said that this move towards Chromium has three pillars. One would be this quest for greater compatibility for users and web standards stabilization.
The second would be a greater speed in the distribution of updates to the Edge and compatibility with other platforms, such as macOS. Finally, the third pillar would be to contribute heavily with the development of the Chromium project so that these browsers work better in Windows, making including optimizations in the OS.
Microsoft expects to have a trial version of Chromium-based Edge in early 2019 and will distribute it to testers to send feedback. To become a tester of this new Edge, the user will have to register here.
Microsoft and Mozilla are today the only serious contenders for Google in the field of web browsers. Each of these companies has its own technology, and Microsoft, while not offering so many features, is proven to be more economical in memory and battery consumption.
So, does the advantages that Belfiore explain above really outweigh the cons that the Edge migration to Chromium technology can cause?
One of them would be the dangerous decrease of the actual web browsing options. With the end of Edge as we know it, the options of Google and Microsoft would basically differ in interface. Firefox would become the only big choice for “monopoly.”
Of course this standardization would be interesting for web developers, who would not have to worry about so many browsers to optimize their pages. But is giving so much power to a “single browser” a good choice in the event of a power dispute within Chromium? Leave your opinion in the comments section.