Microsoft confirms Edge revamp, coming to Mac

Mozilla is deeply concerned about Microsoft killing EdgeHTML

Microsoft confirms Edge revamp, coming to Mac

I recall when Google Chrome was first launched, and wondered if the world really needed yet another browser, and clearly the answer was no.

Compared to the endlessly mocked Internet Explorer, Edge is a totally serviceable, relatively sleek piece of software, but the fact is that web developers simply weren't going to go out of their way to ensure that their websites would run flawlessly on the platform when almost 70% of the planet uses Chrome. Nowadays many website building platforms are optimizing their things to work properly on Google Chrome which ultimately results in poor compatibility with the Edge browser. When Edge was released for mobile devices a year ago, Microsoft made the Android version based on Chromium - like nearly every other Android web browser.

According to the U.S. technology website The Verge, Microsoft will announce its Chromium navigation plan as soon as possible to improve compatibility with the Windows network. For instance, the Edge app for Android uses the Blink rendering engine of the Chromium project. That will allow Chromium browsers on Windows to access and use high contrast or caption settings, as well as keyboard-based browsing from the Windows environment and settings directly. As part of the initiative, the company also intends to decouple Edge from Windows 10.

Belfiore also indicated that "Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows". So Edge will likely look more or less as it does now but with certain differences based on the new engine.

Microsoft's Edge team added: "We are making this decision for the long term".

It's not clear if Edge will become available for users of the long-term servicing channel versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server.

Microsoft's mood towards Google Chrome should change significantly. Now, it seems that the engine it runs on, EdgeHTML, is set to be replaced.

The reason for this jump to Google's browser engine is simple: compatibility.

And just after few days the company has confirmed the news it will be transitioning its browser to a Chromium-based platform in 2019. "As for the impact on the Chromium ecosystem, we are yet to see how it will turn out, but we hope this will be a positive move for the future of the web". The browser is pre-installed with Windows 10, the operating system often recommends that people abandon a third-party browser in favor of Microsoft's offering, and it even toyed with notifications begging Windows Insider Program members to give Edge a chance as they installed a competitor. It'll contribute Windows accessibility capabilities to the Chromium codebase, as well as improvements in "desktop touch, gesture recognition and scroll/panning smoothness".

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