This new version will be slowly developed over the next year and will be available for users to test via preview builds from their new Microsoft Edge Insider program. Microsoft plans to release Microsoft Edge, the new version that is based on Chromium, for all supported versions of Windows. But now it gets to have a much larger say in Chromium's development, and in turn, the web as a whole. There's a lot of reasons for this change, and the move is a good one, but it's also a little sad for the web as a whole.
This implies that the browser will be updated independently and will no longer be tied to major Windows system updates.
I've used Edge a few times and while it seemed. fine, I still went back to Chrome more often than not.
Compared to the endlessly mocked Internet Explorer, Edge is a totally serviceable, relatively sleek piece of software, but the fact is that web developers simply weren't going to go out of their way to ensure that their websites would run flawlessly on the platform when almost 70% of the planet uses Chrome.
There's a counterargument to be made that moving to Chromium is robbing the web of already scarce diversity and competition. Whether the move will convince many Windows 7 and 8.1 users to switch to Edge remains to be seen; my initial guess is that some will try Edge when it first comes out but won't probably switch to it unless it offers something spectacular that other Chromium-based browsers don't offer.
Microsoft is giving into the power of Google Chrome by adopting the same technology behind the rival Web browser into its struggling Edge browser.
Due to their lack of momentum since the release of Windows 10, the company is announcing a significant change today, they are building a new browser that is based on Chromium. Would you give the new Edge a try?
While this move will nearly certainly make Edge more popular (to be fair, it couldn't really get any more unpopular), and widen its audience to new platforms, not everyone is happy with this move. Microsoft will continue to try to differentiate itself there, with things like inking, its reading features, and tight integration with Windows.
'Microsoft's web browser should finally be able to compete alongside Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and those who are all-in with the Microsoft ecosystem will finally be getting a browser from Microsoft that works well when browsing the web'.
As part of this shift, Microsoft will also become a significant contributor to Chromium to help improve the rendering engine.