Microsoft is planning to completely renovate its browser, adopting the Chromium open source project for developing Microsoft Edge on the desktop. The tech giant believes that it will help in creating better web compatibility for customers, and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.
Years ago, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer used to be the dominant browser. But it lost its charm following the arrival of Google Chrome and Firefox browsers. Microsoft introduced Edge to fight back. It has been designed to provide vivid browsing experience for Windows 10.
Despite its excellent browsing experience, Edge is still struggling to attract the users as much as Chrome and Firefox.
The latest move will bring the same Chromium code to Edge that Google uses for its Chrome browser. As a part of this, Microsoft will become a contributor to the Chromium project. The company said that the move will make Microsoft Edge as well as other browsers better on desktop and other devices.
“Our goal is to do this in a way that embraces the well-established open source model that’s been working effectively for years: meaningful and positive contributions that align to long-standing, thoughtfully designed architecture, and collaborative engineering. Together we seek the best outcome for all people who use the web across many devices,” wrote Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows, in a blog post.
Microsoft’s adoption of Chromium will prove to be fruitful for not only users, but also for developers. Users of Edge and other browsers will get enhanced compatibility with all web sites, improved battery life, and hardware integration on all Windows devices.
Whereas, the web developers will get a less-fragmented web platform to test their sites. It will help them make sure that their sites have minimum problems while providing increased satisfaction to users.
Further, Microsoft will now deliver and update the Edge for all supported versions of Windows. This will also enable the company to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS.