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Microsoft to replace Edge with Chromium-powered browser
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-12-04 01:33:30

Well, I sure didn't expect this kind of news to land in the middle of the night.

Microsoft's Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 back in 2015. Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but launched with a plethora of issues which resulted in users rejecting it early on. Edge has since struggled to gain any traction, thanks to its continued instability and lack of mindshare, from users and web developers.

Because of this, I'm told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, a rendering engine first popularized by Google's Chrome browser. Codenamed Anaheim, this new web browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform. It's unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; EdgeHTML is dead.

I use Edge, but not necessarily because of the rendering engine - I use it because of its proper Windows UI and snappy overall performance. If Microsoft can maintain those strong points while switching to Chromium, that's a plus in my book. It does raise concerns about the further consolidation of the web on Chromium (or Blink, more accurately) and WebKit, but since nobody used or cared about Edge anyway, I doubt this news has any real impact on this specific issue.

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Standards compliance
By kwan_e on 2018-12-04 01:40:51
Microsoft, for whatever reason, just can't seem to take standards compliance seriously. Just look at all the HTML5 sources out there with browser compliance matrices, like MDN.

If there's a major platform browser you can always depend upon not to support a standard feature, it's a Microsoft browser.
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I still won't use it
By WorknMan on 2018-12-04 01:45:10
IE6... never forget. Karma's a bitch :P
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whelp that sucks!
By xristos on 2018-12-04 03:38:04
1) Edge has been rock solid for me for quite some time.

Sure IE was a mess, but Edge is not IE.I realy get confused when some people hate on Edge.

2) Im not sure what's better: innovation through competition? or innovation through collaboration by having all dev teams working in one browser source only?

Either way,if this news is true, it makes me sad. I realy liked where the Edge developers were taking things.
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Comment by theuserbl
By theuserbl on 2018-12-04 03:43:16
Possibly thats the reason, why Microsoft ports Chromium to ARM Win10, because Chromius is the future of Win10.


Now Microsoft can use its own Engine (a fork of Chromium) for GitHub Electron. :-)

The next interesting point is, that Mozilla/Firefox will have at last an own W3C standard supported engine, which is not based on KHTML/WebKit/Chromium.

Edited 2018-12-04 03:44 UTC
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what a horrible mess ð
By missingxtension on 2018-12-04 04:02:55
I don't mean to hate on google, but chromium is the new IE. It is now so targeted with all the dns hijackers, ad serving add-ons, and the same general problems I would have to fix in internet explorer.
There are even uncloseable popups now. That used to be IE, let's not forget IE only websites.
Thank you Microsoft or regressing us to the dark ages....
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Two reasons to use Chrome over Edge
By cosmotic on 2018-12-04 04:10:14
1. Edge's UI is plagued by the modern Windows L&F; It's flat, featureless, and annoying

2. It doesn't sync across platforms like Chrome does
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RE: what a horrible mess �
By cosmotic on 2018-12-04 04:10:56
Personally, I have more issues with Safari than I do with Chrome, Firefox, IE, or Edge.
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RE[2]: what a horrible mess ð�ï¿&Acir
By LaceySnr on 2018-12-04 05:02:40
As a developer, I find Safari on iOS is the new IE 6.
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RE: Two reasons to use Chrome over Edge
By Geft on 2018-12-04 07:17:55
> 1. Edge's UI is plagued by the modern Windows L&F; It's flat, featureless, and annoying
Yes! I can't imagine how someone could consider Edge's UI good.
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Google's grip on the Internet
By shotsman on 2018-12-04 07:22:33
just got a whole lot worse.

I would never have thought that MS would have thrown in the towel like this. Edge was supposed to be the way forward for browsers.
So, we may get less MS Data slurping but more Google spying on users. Frying pan into fire perhaps?

Thankfully, as I don't use Windows in anger any longer and especially IE/Edge it does not matter.

No google accounts here and I won't use Chrome under any circumstances.
Refuseniks of the world unite!
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