For the 7 people who only use Microsoft Edge, I have good news for you. Microsoft has confirmed rumors that the proprietary rendering engine will be discontinued at the core of its desktop web browser and replaced with a Chromium-compatible engine. A preview build will be released in early 2019.

Picture credits: FOOTAGE VECTOR PHOTO / ShutterstockPicture credits: FOOTAGE VECTOR PHOTO / ShutterstockWhy is that good news? This is about extensions. Right now, the number of edge browser extensions is limited, leaving users with no compelling reason to switch to Chrome based on open source Chromium. (The mobile versions of Edge already use other rendering engines – Chromium on Android and WebKit on iOS.)

Once this transition is made, Chrome extensions and applications will run on Edge with little or no customization. Developers can easily port content to Edge.

In a blog post, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Joe Belfiore acknowledged the early rumors of this decision and said Microsoft intends to "make a significant contribution to the Chromium project, in a way that not only Microsoft Edge, but other browsers as well – better on both PCs and other devices. "

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This is a win for everyone. It will help Edge survive, but it will also have more impact on the further development of Chrome.

Belfiore also notes that this change means that Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported Windows versions and cadence.

This means that the browser is updated independently and is no longer tied to important Windows system updates.

While Belfiore says, this project will "activate" [Microsoft] To bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms, such as macOS, "the above statement on" all supported versions of Windows "also suggests that Edge will be ported to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (official official support for Windows 7 will be in effect until January 2020).

Under the change: a fight for the future

With this announcement, Microsoft announces EdgeHTML, the rendering engine and Web development platform based on Edge, as a failed project. This is an indisputable truth, as Chromium, which powers the Chrome browser and Chrome OS, has become a whole platform, with the browser and the Chromebooks at the top of the pack.

And as a pseudonymous security expert SwiftOnSecurity It should be noted that this news is particularly tied to Electron, a development tool for creating desktop applications. Electron works better with Chrome than with Edge. Microsoft did not want to be left in the cold in the same way that smartphones left it behind. Therefore, it is taking this step to become an active participant in Chromium.

Popular examples of electron-based desktop applications include Slack, Spotify, WhatsApp and Amazon Alexa, as well as Microsoft's Skype.

This article originally appeared on Laptop Mag.

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