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05 December 2018, 07:16 | Cameron Gross
Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge
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.
Microsoft's new Chromium-based browser is codenamed Anaheim internally.
Windows Central cites anonymous sources who say that Microsoft Edge is getting a re-do as a result of its lackluster success since its introduction in 2015, despite being positioned as fast, lightweight and secure.
The rumour is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft, and as such it's not known if it would be a replacement for Edge with a new name, or a relaunch on the new engine. While it promised speed, security and lightness, many issues with it meant it never really took off with users. The Chromium platform is one of the most used ones and we can find it in Chrome (duh!), Opera and fearless browsers. There could also be a chance that Microsoft will retain the Edge browser alongside the new browser, similar to how Internet Explorer's existence after the incoming of Edge.
For the uninitiated, Chromium is the open-source web rendering engine that forms the basis of the ever-popular Google Chrome browser. As such, many web developers treat Chrome as the base for their apps and sites, and many web apps are built specifically with Chrome (and thus Chromium) in mind.
Of course, conversly, we could also see tighter integration of Microsoft products into Chrome, so perhaps it's swings and roundabouts. Web developers would also no longer have to consider how their pages would look on Microsoft's default browser, as they should behave relatively the same as Chrome browser pages. It has been committing code to the Chromium project, pushing Chrome closer towards running on an ARM processor.
Integrations with Chrome have already happened. While Edge is a massive improvement on the very bad IE and is actually much better at memory management and small-scale performance than Chrome, its lack of features and incompatibility with many sites meant many people weren't willing to adopt it.
Chris Duckett at ZDNet warned that the web needs alternate rendering engines to stop firms from controlling the web and creating monopolies. Even Microsoft's largely deprecated Internet Explorer stands much better, with a 11.19% market share.
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