Microsoft to ditch EdgeHTML in favor of Chromium

A very different browser may be replacing Microsoft's Edge

A very different browser may be replacing Microsoft's

Back in 2015, Microsoft attempted to oust its aging Internet Explorer for Edge, a faster, lighter browser built on the more secure EdgeHTML rendering engine. The site thinks that Microsoft will add Anaheim to the Windows 10 Insider builds sometime in the first half of 2019, so we'll see whether Microsoft plans to shine up its browser with Chromium then.

Now it seems that a new "Project Anaheim" is being developed for rollout at some point next year as a replacement for Edge, which whilst not a bad browser, was never a brilliant browser, and was born out of Microsoft trying to reinvent the wheel, so it never caught up with its rivals in terms of functionality. A Microsoft-made Chromium-based browser would render web pages almost identically as Chrome, meaning less confusion over which web site works well in what browser.

It was built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was created to be fast, lightweight, and secure. Will Microsoft further embrace the world of Google Chrome, perhaps allowing Android apps to run on Windows?

Following rumors reported by Windows Central, sources that The Verge has spoken to claim that Microsoft will announce the new Chrome-based browser later this week.

Chromium is a browser engine popularised by Google Chrome, also used by Opera, Amazon Silk for its Fire range of devices, and a variety of other browers. Naming aside, it's also not clear whether the Anaheim browser will keep any of Edge's user interface or opt for a complete redesign. Though the number of supported extensions continues to grow, Edge pales in comparison to Chrome.

If the new report is true, that commitment to EdgeHTML has all but disappeared, as EdgeHTML will live in nothing but name (if that) inside all of Microsoft's browsers, as Microsoft replaces it on each platform with either Blink or WebKit.

Microsoft engineers were recently discovered committing code for a Chromium project created to get Google Chrome to work on Windows 10 for ARM.

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