Microsoft Throws-In 'the Damn Towel' on Edge Browser, Ceding to Chrome

Reports are building Microsoft is done with its latest browser project, EdgeHTML. Specifics are hard to come by, but it appears the legacy tech giant is building a browser with Chromium as its brains in replacement. 

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Microsoft Reportedly Dumping Edge for Chromium

Zac Bowden, Senior Editor of the industry site Microsoft Central tweeted, “New browser is code named Anaheim, no idea if it’ll use the Edge branding or not (my guess is it won’t),” which might come as a surprise to fans. At one time the software behemoth and its Internet Explorer were so dominant on the web, it led to claims of monopoly and lawsuits reaching up to the United States Supreme Court. Edge was its successor, and it appears the company has all buy given up on the brand to essentially become a Google Chrome wrapper.

Microsoft Throws-In 'the Damn Towel' on Edge Browser, Ceding to Chrome

Bowden continued, “Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10,” more or less “throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser.”

In truth, Edge has had a tough run since coming on the scene in 2015. “Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML,” Bowden explained, noting it was  “designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but launched with a plethora of issues which resulted in users rejecting it early on. Edge has since struggled to gain any traction, thanks to its continued instability and lack of mindshare, from users and web developers.”

Collabs with Google Spotted

Another niche site, 9TO5Google, noticed in October how “a senior director at Qualcomm told Android Authority that they were themselves working on a Windows 10 on ARM port of Google Chrome. This work seems to have already begun, according to a couple dozen commits found in Chromium’s Gerrit source code management.”

Microsoft Throws-In 'the Damn Towel' on Edge Browser, Ceding to Chrome

That seems to have for sure been the case, and Bowden was told “Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, a rendering engine first popularized by Google’s Chrome browser. Codenamed Anaheim, this new web browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform. It’s unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; EdgeHTML in Windows 10’s default browser is dead.”

The community appears divided on the move, though Bowden believes many “will be happy to hear that Microsoft is finally adopting a different rendering engine for the default web browser on Windows 10. Using Chromium means websites should behave just like they do on Google Chrome in Microsoft’s new Anaheim browser, meaning users shouldn’t suffer from the same instability and performance issues found in Edge today. This is the first step towards revitalizing Windows 10’s built-in web browser for users across PC and phone. Edge on iOS and Android already use rendering engines native to those platforms, so not much will be changing on that front.”

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