‘Microsoft to ditch Edge and replace it with Chromium based browser in Windows 10’

Posted 04 December 2018 17:38 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Microsoft is reportedly working on a browser based on Chromium, the open-source browser on which also Google Chrome is based. The browser should eventually replace Microsoft Edge which is currently the default browser for Windows 10.

Anonymous sources have told Windows Central that Microsoft is working on the new browser that the company has code named “Anaheim”.

The new browser would be based on Chromium, the open-source software on which also Google Chrome is based on. Reason for Microsoft to replace Edge would be the limited number of websites that properly support Edge. Because Chrome is currently the most popular browser, most developers only optimize for Google’s browser. The result is that most sites load better and faster in Chrome than in Edge. Therefore, Microsoft reportedly wants to integrate a Chromium based browser in Windows.

Microsoft has not responded to the rumors. Earlier this year, Microsoft developers did submit some code to Chromium which could indicate the company is indeed working on using the open-source software.

Although Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, it has never become popular. Last month, Edge had a market share of 4.22%, which is even less than Internet Explorer with a market share of 9.64%. Both are still far behind Chrome which has a market share of 65.57%.

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