Microsoft Edge to continue as part of Chromium project

Giles Ensor avatar. By: Giles Ensor
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Last week, we reported the demise of Microsoft’s EdgeHTML. Well, it seems like the reports about the death of Microsoft Edge were premature. Read on to find out exactly what Microsoft has in store for its much unloved browser.

To recap, just in case you don’t want to read the last article, reports were flying around that Microsoft was going to ditch EdgeHTML for a Chromium-based browser. The reasons being that Edge was unpopular and unstable.

There were so many reports flying around that Microsoft felt the need to tell us what its plans are for EdgeHTML and it turns out, the reports were more or less correct.

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What was said about Microsoft Edge

To be honest, it makes slightly painful reading. Apparently, the reason Microsoft is entering the Chromium open source project is not because EdgeHTML sucks but because Microsoft wants to make all browsers better, not just Edge.

Microsoft then goes on to state how keen it has been on the whole idea of open source, stating how the mobile version of Microsoft Edge has been open source right from the beginning.

The finally bit I want to quote is probably my favourite. Microsoft states,

Ultimately, we want to make the web experience better for many different audiences. People using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience….

“and potentially other browsers“? Really?

Anyway, let me tell you quickly that Microsoft plans to do the following:

– We will move to a Chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop.
– Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence.
– We will contribute web platform enhancements to make Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices.

Wrapping it all up

And that’s pretty much it. Basically, Microsoft have realised they got it completely wrong, have given up on Microsoft Edge (even if they keep the name), and are now going to be fully invested in the Chromium project. Lucky Chromium project, some might think.

Let’s hear what you think? Should Microsoft have stuck it out with EdgeHTML? Or was it always on the cards that Microsoft would join the Chromium bandwagon?

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