Microsoft is ready to accept defeat with its Edge browser, and thus bid adieu to the rendering engine on which it was built. Microsoft launched Edge as a modern browser for Windows 10 PCs in 2015, but it has failed to catch the attention of over 700 million Windows 10 users. As a result, Microsoft is giving up on Edge to build a new browser powered by Chromium rendering engine made popular by Google’s Chrome browser.
According to Windows Central, the new browser is codenamed ‘Anaheim’, and it is said to replace Edge as the default browser on Windows 10. It is not clear whether the browser will be called Edge or whether Microsoft will use a new branding altogether. The takeaway being that EdgeHTML, a rendering engine designed to power Microsoft Edge browser, is dead.
In the past few years, Microsoft has tried repeatedly to pit its Edge browser against Google Chrome. While Edge delivers much longer battery life than Chrome, it cannot match Google’s offering in areas like support for extensions or simply the ease of use. Using Chromium as the rendering engine means Microsoft will be able to mimic the behavior of websites on Google Chrome on its next browser.
The move largely means that users of Anaheim won’t suffer from instability and performance issue seen in Edge right now. This could also mean more users moving camp from Chrome to Microsoft’s next web browser. Since Edge uses the native rendering engine on iOS and Android, the new browser might not differ on the mobile front.
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The proof that Microsoft is reworking its browser strategy can be further established from the fact that its engineers were spotted committing code to the Chromium project. This codes are believed to enable Google Chrome to run natively on ARM platform. The development effort around Anaheim is expected to be introduced throughout the 19H1 development cycle. There is lot unknown about this new kind of browser but it is likely to be a good step from Microsoft, which has been lately embracing competing platforms overwhelmingly.