Microsoft announced today that Chromium will be used for edge browser development on the desktop. The news included many exciting changes including the decoupling of Edge from Windows 10, more frequent updates, and support for Chrome extensions. But we also wanted to find out what other major browser makers think of the news.
Microsoft's decision is a good thing for Microsoft, which is not exactly surprising since the company has created the Chromium open source project.
"Chrome has been an open internet master since its inception, and we welcome Microsoft to the Chromium community," said Google spokesman for VentureBeat. "We look forward to working with Microsoft and the web standards community to drive the Open Web, support user choice, and provide great browsing experiences."
Google's statement does not say that Company with Edge is still not satisfied. The Microsoft Store still does not allow non-EdgeHTML browsers. This means that Windows 1
Mozilla now sees Microsoft as further confirmation that users should switch to Firefox.
"This enhances the importance of Mozilla's role as the only independent choice," said a spokesperson for Mozilla VentureBeat. "We will not admit that Google's implementation of Web is the only option that consumers should have. That's why we've developed Firefox and are always fighting for a truly open web. "
Mozilla regularly points out that it is the only independent browser developed. This means that it is not tied to a technology company that has priorities that change frequently. Do not target the web. Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), and Microsoft (Edge) all have their own business interests.
A Chromium-based Edge means a lot to the few users who actively use Edge, but the impact will be much more interesting on the wider Web. Chrome is already dominating – will this just consolidate its place or will the competition heat up?
We have also contacted Apple and Opera and will update this story when we hear it.