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Microsoft has committed to still advancing web standards, and bringing the current advantages from Edge over to Chromium, such as the accessibility and security features. Today, the company announced plans to do just that, as well as bring Edge to more platforms-including macOS.

After rumours circulated that such a move was imminent, Microsoft has confirmed that it is indeed shifting from its EdgeHTML back end to Chromium, the open-source project that powers Google Chrome.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it will adopt the Chromium open source project for its Microsoft Edge web browser on the desktop, "to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers".

Google is the most prominent user of the Chromium open source code, which is the base of the Chrome browser.

While the company is not commenting on any timeline for availability aside from a preview build in early 2019, the basics are this: it's building a new version of Edge, based on Chromium, that will be updated at a cadence that is not tied to Windows updates.

While this move will nearly certainly make Edge more popular (to be fair, it couldn't really get any more unpopular), and widen its audience to new platforms, not everyone is happy with this move.

Microsoft has wasted no time confirming the recent rumors: the Edge browser is dead.

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In this way the all-new version of the tech giant Microsoft's Windows, of course, Windows Lite will only have access to the tech giant Microsoft's own store (Microsoft Store) and will be focused on apps for education, an area where the tech giant Google's Chrome OS has been conquering its space. Would you give the new Edge a try?

That means that a new engine is needed, and according to reports it sounds like Google's Chromium will pick up the slack.

We will contribute web platform enhancements to make Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices. Currently, it's limited to Windows 10, but the new version will work on the older but still very popular Windows 7 and 8. People using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience improved compatibility with all websites, while getting the best possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices.

Belfiore points out this isn't Microsoft's first foray into open source browsers.

I never understood why Edge was not available for other supported Windows versions; it felt like a huge oversight on Microsoft's part.

This is a massive shift for Edge and Windows 10, and one that's going to divide fans and developers for months to come.

"Over the next year or so, we'll be making a technology change that happens 'under the hood" for Microsoft Edge, gradually over time, and developed in the open so those of you who are interested can follow along'.


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