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But if Microsoft, which once dominated the web browser market, really starts pushing a Chromium-based browser as Windows default, it surely has to feel like defeat.
Microsoft's future web browser is now codenamed Anaheim and we doubt it'll be keep the Edge moniker as it'll see major changes in pretty much every aspect. Using the Chromium engine could help Microsoft's new browser work with the same extensions available to Chrome.
That's ultimately great news for users, because it means that any websites or web apps that have been written for full Chromium support will also work and look exactly the same when the new browser is released.
But it could be seen as bad news for the punter - it risks all browsers starting to become much-of-a-muchness so vendors will have to try twice as hard to make theirs stand out. It's also unknown whether or not the new browser will use the Edge UI.
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Of course, conversly, we could also see tighter integration of Microsoft products into Chrome, so perhaps it's swings and roundabouts.
However, this time, rather than creating something completely unique Microsoft is abandoning EdgeHTML and rather looking to build their new browser off Chromium, the same rendering engine that was first popularised by Google's Chrome Browser. According to Petri it is a version of Windows that is focused on Chromebooks, laptops running on Chrome OS. It certainly was universally more liked than Internet Explorer, with Microsoft Edge even making its way to Android and iOS. However, EdgeHTML has struggled to keep up with the WebKit-based Blink engine used in Google Chrome and its Chromium subsidiaries.
As corroboration for that idea, Windows Central remarks that some Microsoft engineers have contributed code to the Chromium project in a bid to ease Chrome compatibility on ARM-based devices. That's good news for anyone out there who wants to browse the web with the power of Chrome but doesn't want to actually use Chrome to do it. Let us know in the comments!
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