Microsoft Edge to include both a Chromium Blink and IE rendering engine


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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We recently got a glimpse at another leaked version of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. The browser is expected to come with an Internet Explorer rendering engine as well as a Chromium Blink engine.

What does this mean for users?

Those sites that were specifically designed for IE will get backwards compatibility with the launch of these new features.

The news regarding the dual-engine support was first reported by Twitter user WalkingCat. Users will be able to perform their normal browsing activities by using the Chromium Blink engine.

Moreover, it will also offer backwards compatibility via the Internet Explorer engine. 

Leaked features in the early version

Some of the features have been revealed in a recent screenshot of the early browser version. The Chromium-based Edge browser will have features from both Chrome and the current Edge version.

For example, we can say that the browser will be featuring an interface similar to both the browsers. Additionally, support for profile tab, dark mode, picture in picture mode, and a wide range of extensions are also on the list.

The new Edge browser also comes with a flag menu just like it’s available in Google Chrome. Users will be able to test early and upcoming features with the help of this menu.

Currently, a limited number of Edge-exclusive feature have been included in the flag menu. Surprisingly, Internet Explorer’s web rendering engine in Chromium Edge support can also be enabled by using one of those flags in Microsoft Edge Insider build version 75.0.109.0.

It has been named as Enable IE Integration and if you read the description it says that the hosting of Internet Explorer in a tab can be enabled by this flag. 

You will observe that a new option is added named host tab in Internet Explorer in the Edge menu >> More tools.

Microsoft has not yet shared any details regarding how the feature is expected to work. However, apparently, developers or users will be able to use the Internet Explorer’s MSHTML rendering engine to run webpages. 

As a matter of fact, the feature is not working as expected in the preview builds of Windows 10 19H1 or Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Users are experiencing an error when they click on the Host in IE tab. The error informs the users that right now Microsoft Edge integration can not work with their existing version of Internet Explorer. 

Microsoft has yet to officially announce all of these features as the new web browser is still in the testing phase.

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