Microsoft Guts Edge, adds chrome to save the failed browser

Microsoft Guts Edge, adds chrome to save the failed browser

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. "