What strange times are we living in? Who would have thought that I would write an article about how Microsoft is the best thing that can happen to Google Chrome? A few years ago, the idea of including Microsoft in an open source project created a mixture of laughter and fear.
You know … Microsoft, the enemy of open source, who had a CEO who once said Linux was “a cancer that binds to everything it touches in terms of intellectual property”. The company that couldn’t develop a decent web browser to save his life.
But believe it or not, I really believe that Microsoft Chrome’s commitment has made it a much better browser.
Learn to love open source
First, Microsoft gave up its aversion to open source some time ago, and it is now a platinum sponsor of the Linux Foundation, and in some metrics it is now the largest open source provider in the world.
Basically, the idea that Microsoft is involved in an open source project is no longer nightmares, because it drops its opposition to open source and not only accepts it, but instead uses its money where it is. It has already proven to be a valuable contribution to the open source community.
But how does that affect Google’s Chrome browser? Now that Microsoft has stopped using its own EdgeHTML web engine for its Edge web browser and instead created a brand new version based on Chromium, Chromium has added a steady stream of fixes and new features – and they have done so benefited not only Edge but also Chrome.
The latest example of this is that Microsoft is finally fixing an issue where Chrome notifications have been doubled in Windows 10 and clicking the wrong one failed to open the website that sent the notification in Chrome. The impressive performance was both annoying and useless.
However, Microsoft has sent code to the Chromium project that fixes the problem. While it’s not too surprising that Microsoft fixes an issue that affects the operating system, there have been a number of other cases where Microsoft’s input has made Chrome a better browser.
To be helpful
I’ve already complained about how sick I am that Chrome is a huge swarm of RAM, and Microsoft has found a way to prevent it from wasting so much memory while consuming less battery when it is on one Running a laptop by preventing unnecessary caching of disks Users watch videos.
A Microsoft developer recently fixed a particularly annoying quirk in Google Chrome that can cause you to accidentally lose your current tab. And there are many other examples.
OK, all of these fixes were primarily aimed at sorting Chromium Edge, but the most important thing is that they also improve people in a web browser use.
For anyone frustrated with Google’s use of Chrome, the fact that Microsoft has made improvements to the browser is a strange – but welcome, development.
I never thought I would celebrate Microsoft’s involvement in an open source project – but in this case, I’m very happy to do just that.