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Microsoft announces switch to Chromium for Edge
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-12-06 17:12:51

It's official.

For the past few years, Microsoft has meaningfully increased participation in the open source software (OSS) community, becoming one of the world's largest supporters of OSS projects. Today we're announcing that we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.

As part of this, we intend to become a significant contributor to the Chromium project, in a way that can make not just Microsoft Edge - but other browsers as well - better on both PCs and other devices. The new Edge

Microsoft also has plans to bring Edge to other platforms, such as macOS. In addition, and perhaps most surprisingly, the new Edge will not be a UWP application - it will be a Win32 application that will also be available to Windows 7 and 8 users.

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april fools!
By Fergy on 2018-12-06 17:28:06
I had hope MS would become the third player in the browser space.
At least Vivaldi keeps getting more awesome.
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RE: april fools!
By andywoe on 2018-12-06 17:36:53
Vivaldi is also using chromium. Chromium *is* the web as off now and that's not all rosy.
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UWP
By darknexus on 2018-12-06 18:17:21
But but... UWP was the future! Everyone at Microsoft said so! Right? UWP was amazing, and everything should be converted over to it, they said. You can't be saying the wonderful and honorable Microsoft PR team would lie... right?
</sarcasm>
On a more serious note, if this isn't the funeral bell tolling for UWP, I don't know what is.
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Edge is Dying
By Bink on 2018-12-06 18:22:40
Sad. I’ve been using Edge exclusively on my Windows notebook because of the power savings and smoothness, even though there are a few sites here or there that it doesn’t behave well on. Unfortunately, I don’t think Firefox has the resources to compete and all the web is going to become Chrome/Chromium now (as Safari sucks).
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RE: UWP
By kurkosdr on 2018-12-06 18:25:14
> But but... UWP was the future! Everyone at Microsoft said so! Right? UWP was amazing, and everything should be converted over to it, they said. You can't be saying the wonderful and honorable Microsoft PR team would lie... right?

On a more serious note, if this isn't the funeral bell tolling for UWP, I don't know what is.


Nah, the thing was dead when The Real Office stayed a good ol' desktop app. Since time immemorial, Office served as a pilot to third party developers on how to build complex applications in a new UI, from DOS to Win3.1 to Win95 to Vista. The decision of the Office team to not port The Real Office to support Metro or UWP was a message to third parties that the UI wouldn't work or that porting existing codebase was infeasible.

Edited 2018-12-06 18:25 UTC
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RE[2]: UWP
By darknexus on 2018-12-06 19:20:14
> Nah, the thing was dead when The Real Office stayed a good ol' desktop app.
Well, all of us with common sense knew this, but even without Office there was still quite a large UWP fan club. This is a bit different though: this is taking what was a UWP app and deliberately not making the next iteration UWP. Perhaps Office was the funeral bell and this is the nail in the coffin?
Edit: My second typo of the day. Blah!

Edited 2018-12-06 19:21 UTC
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Comment by Phloptical
By Phloptical on 2018-12-06 19:35:18
It’s a little early for April fools jokes, isn’t it? I mean.....Chrome as the underpinning to MS web browser?

I’m not sure I believe any of that.
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RE: UWP
By moondevil on 2018-12-06 19:40:58
PWAs are UWP apps.
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RE: Edge is Dying
By darknexus on 2018-12-06 20:08:56
Don't worry, Chromium/Blink will suck too with no competition. Blink, the new IE6/Trident.
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macOS...
By leech on 2018-12-06 20:21:50
Not sure why no one is poking fun at them porting Edge to macOS yet, but I sure will!

What's the point? Who is going to use that browser under Mac?
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