No it's not April 1st: Microsoft is working on a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge
Microsoft Edge was released as part of Windows 10 way back in 2015 and was the spiritual successor to the ever-infamous Internet Explorer. Without the likes of ActiveX or Browser Helper Objects, it aimed to be a much more lightweight internet browsing solution. It certainly was universally more liked than Internet Explorer, with Microsoft Edge even making its way to Android and iOS. Now, according to a report from WindowsCentral, it’s possible that Microsoft may be dropping support for Edge entirely, replacing it with a Chromium-based browser instead.
It is unknown if the company’s branding will change, or if they will keep the name “Edge” or not. There’s only one thing that’s for certain, according to the report, and that is that Edge as we know it is dead. It will utilize the Blink rendering engine which powers Google Chrome. The new browser id codenamed “Anaheim,” and it is also unknown if it will share the same UI or not.
To be honest, Google has not pushed the UI forward much on Chromium and this is why Vivaldi and some others have found a real niche in making Chromium much better. So it is possible that Microsoft could carve their own space with Chromium and possibly capitalise on the compatibility of extensions too. It's no big shocker really as Microsoft is no longer really in the market of selling OSs and browsers - their big focus is to get you to rather subscribe to annual cloud-based services (no matter what computer or OS you use) as this guarantees a good annual income which can be increased with less and less chance of you exiting as the years go by. I've not yet seen any cloud company touting the risks or disadvantages of cloud services but we have seen them sweetening the cloud pricing whilst increasing desktop software versions by 20+ percent. There is a race to the cloud is on, and us consumers are rthe chickens being herded along ;-)
|Microsoft is working on a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge
Microsoft is working on a Chromium-based web browser to replace Edge. It's likely that we'll start to see it in the coming weeks from Insider builds.