Microsoft Edge to Run On Google Chrome's Rendering Engine

Judy Cobb
December 5, 2018

At this point, it is not clear if Microsoft will be using the Edge branding or user interface with the Chrome-based browser.

This is of course very exciting news for everybody but the Edge developing team, the new browser should indeed much faster and have numerous features we love from Chrome or Opera. Just like Chrome OS, Windows Lite will have to be pre-installed by an OEM.

Also, the fact that Microsoft is looking into using an open source engine like Chromium sounds pretty promising. A lack of developer support and the browser's notorious issues displaying certain kinds of web content has led to the running joke that Edge is only used once on a new PC; to download and install a different browser. The new browser is reportedly codenamed "Anaheim", and Microsoft could introduce it next year.

There's still no official name for the browser. That's why Microsoft throwing in the towel on EdgeHTML is a good thing. The main complaints from users stemmed from the underlying browser engine (EdgeHTML) being unable to keep up with the equivalent provided by Chromium. In 1995, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer and started bundling it with Windows in order to snatch away market share from the then-dominant browser, Netscape.

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It seems like Microsoft is giving up on its Edge browser, or at least, the rendering engine behind it. Windows Central reports that the company is working on its own Chromium-based browser, and looks to make it the new default browser for Windows 10. 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.

What will this mean for you? Edge never managed to get traction with users; it now has 4.34% market share according to NetMarketShare, compared to Chrome's 63.6%.

Additionally, Microsoft engineers have partnered with Google to work on developing a version of the browser that works with Windows on ARM. Are you ready to ditch Chrome for a similar browser made by Microsoft? Let us know down below!

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