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Microsoft Edge switches to Chromium rendering core

The rumors in the past months were correct, Microsoft really chose to switch to the same page rendering technology as Google Chrome in its default built-in Edge browser in Windows 10. In foreseeable future it’ll probably become part of all versions of Windows but also will be provided on Mac.

The variant of Edge now used on Windows 10 will be switched to Chromium rendering engine. But Microsoft isn’t going to limit itself to this and says it needs to provide this variant on most Windows systems supported, ie Windows 7 and 8.1. In the meantime, a MacOS version is in development. Microsoft already incorporated Chromium rendering engine for its mobile versions of the Edge browser available in the app stores for Android and iOS.

In official statement published on their website, Microsoft clarifies that it doesn’t merely adopt the Chromium rendering engine but it desires to actively take part in its growth and highlights the advantages for programmers who create websites and web software in the amount compatibility.

Mozilla, predictably isn’t really happy about this. From a commercial perspective, Microsoft’s decision suggests unsure future for Firefox and Internet as a whole, as programmers likely only will check for compatibility with Chromium rather than with additional rendering engines. In the long run, the situation will be reminiscent of the one in 2000s when Internet Explorer has been the dominant browser and everybody developed websites with it in mind.

The earliest versions of the new Edge browser will arrive via the Windows Insider test program similar to most new features on Windows 10. The first builds of Edge with Chromium are scheduled for the start of 2019. Microsoft is likely contemplating a mainstream launch of “Edge Chromium” in line with the upcoming release of Windows 10 scheduled for spring 2019, now developed under the code name 19H1.