Google and Mozilla reacts to Chrome-powered Edge announcement

The end of the browser wars: Microsoft to switch toapp based on same technology as Google's Chrome

The end of the browser wars: Microsoft to switch toapp based on same technology as Google's Chrome

'Chrome has been a champion of the open web since inception and we welcome Microsoft to the community of Chromium contributors, ' it said. The slightly less dramatic news has now gone official: Edge will be improved through open source collaboration and the core of this initiative will be adopting the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop.

"Microsoft has meaningfully increased participation in the open source software (OSS) community, becoming one of the world's largest supporters of OSS projects". When Edge was released for mobile devices past year, Microsoft made the Android version based on Chromium - like nearly every other Android web browser. Today, the company announced plans to do just that, as well as bring Edge to more platforms-including macOS.

As was reported on Thursday by TechCrunch, Microsoft has confirmed it is making some important changes to its web browser, Edge, and that these changes will facilitate a lot of things - like bringing it to the Mac.

Microsoft also promises that more frequent updates to Edge will be coming, and this new version of Edge will also be made available on various platforms and not just Windows 10, such as ARM-based Windows devices, and even macOS.

In case you're interested in trying out the newly-baked Edge, you'll need to wait for few months as the company intends to ship it sometime in 2019.

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The full blog post from Belfiore is available here. And, finally, Microsoft hopes that its participation in the Chromium project will make other Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices.

Microsoft explains that they plan on switching Edge to a Chromium-based engine in order to provide better web site compatibility, a standardized platform for building and testing web sites, and better app compatibility for the enterprise.

Not an immediate move, the under-the-hood changes to the Microsoft Edge browser will take place "over the next year or so", with the transition described as happening "gradually over time". But that hasn't stopped many Windows 10 users from installing Chrome, Firefox, or other alternative browsers so they won't have to use this era's Internet Explorer. We compete with Google because the health of the internet and online life depend on competition and choice. Now the Windows version will use Chrome's engine as well.

Recalling Microsoft's monopoly on browsers in the early 2000s before Firefox's arrival, Beard claims history could be about to repeat itself.

He also acknowledged that Microsoft's decision could make it more hard for Firefox to prosper, depending on what web developers and businesses who create services and websites do. "Google's dominance across search, advertising, smartphones, and data capture creates a vastly tilted playing field that works against the rest of us".

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