After Microsoft announced that it would be redesigning Edge on Windows 10 using Google's open source Chromium engine, Microsoft is asking its Windows Insiders community to help shape the development of its browser. Microsoft has created a sign-in page for users who want to become Edge Insiders to test the preview builds of the browser.
Microsoft announced this week that it turned away from its own EdgeHTML rendering engine to move the browser for Google's Blink rendering engine to move forward. Although this is a dramatic change for Microsoft since the Introducing Windows 1
The transition to Chromium will not occur until the beginning of 2019, when Microsoft begins to launch beta builds of the browser. Edge insiders have the opportunity to give feedback and be one of the first to experience how the new edge cuts off. "We expect Windows 10 to move to this Chromium-based version of Chrome sometime in 2019," said The Verge, noting that Microsoft still needs to make the necessary changes to Windows before the change can take place.
In Addition to the Challenge With the support of Windows 10, Microsoft is asking the open source Chromium community to help shape the future of Edge. "If you're part of the open source community that develops browsers, we invite you to work with us to shape the future of Microsoft Edge and contribute to the Chromium project," said Joe Belfiore, vice president of Essential Products Group from Microsoft in a report published by The Verge. "We are excited about the opportunity to be an even more active part of this community and bring the best of Microsoft to making the Internet better for everyone."
Although Google's change of direction was welcomed by Google, competitor Mozilla, who makes the Firefox browser, is afraid that Edge will depend on Chromium in the future. "This increases the importance of Mozilla's role as the only independent choice," said a Mozilla spokesman for Venture Beat. "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 in the first place and are therefore always fighting for a truly open web. "Mozilla often claims that it is the only independent developer of a browser, which means that Firefox is not tied to a large company with its own interests. For example, Chrome users had previously called Google to use their browser to promote the company's advertising goals.