tech2 News Staff
07. December 2018 17:38 IST
Microsoft has officially confirmed that its Edge Web browser will be rebuilt in Google's Chromium rendering engine. This is the same code that the Chrome browser uses.
So far, Microsoft had used its proprietary browser engine EdgeHTML, which was praised for its performance in some areas, but also frustrated web developers due to compatibility issues. With only a select number of users using Edge, developers often did not care about making their code compatible with the browser.
In a blog post Joe Belfiore, vice president of Windows, stated, "We intend to develop the Microsoft Chromium open source project Using Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less web fragmentation for the entire web. "
" Ultimately, we want to improve the web experience for many different audiences, "he said.
When Belfiore says "Audiences," it also includes MacOS users who will win soon, even though they have Safari, access to the Microsoft Edge browser.
The move is definitely a step in the right direction for Microsoft and Edge users, as it means that future Chromium-based versions of Edge will have features and plug-ins comparable with Chrome and others on Chrome's engine based browsers. But it also means that vulnerabilities in the open source project can affect a broader set of browsers.
Firefox maker Mozilla is not very happy about the move.
The company's chief executive, Chris Beard in blog post wrote: "Microsoft officially launches an independent, shared platform for the Internet, and the acquisition of Chromium gives Microsoft control over even more online Activities on Google Strengthening Google is risky in many ways.