Microsoft Building Own Chromium Browser; Set To Replace Edge Browser

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Codenamed Anaheim, this new web browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform. It's still unclear as to whether the new browser will be called Edge or get a whole new brand, and whether it'll get a different user interface. These browsers were faster and more advanced than Internet Explorer and they slowly chipped away at Microsoft's browser market share, prompting Microsoft to essentially kill IE in 2015 and replace it with Edge.

The rumour is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft, and as such it's not known if it would be a replacement for Edge with a new name, or a relaunch on the new engine.

Assuming the rumors are true, Microsoft and Edge-users alike will be hoping that the switch addresses the performance and reliability issues that have afflicted the browser since its launch. Even the browser that Edge supplanted, the defunct Internet Explorer, was sitting at 9.64 per cent. If the name rings a bell, it should, because it's the same engine that powers Google Chrome and some other third-party browsers. For some time now, web developers have been using Chrome's rendering engine (Chromium) to optimise their websites. We had previously seen Microsoft trying its best to replicate a Continuum-like feature between Windows 10 and Android.

We'll have to wait to see if Microsoft makes this new browser announcement this week. Web developers would also no longer have to consider how their pages would look on Microsoft's default browser, as they should behave relatively the same as Chrome browser pages. A separate report this week by Brad Sams claimed that Microsoft is working on a "Lite" version of Windows that would serve as an instant-on, browser-centric alternative to Chromebooks. It will be able to run on any processor, up to and including Qualcomm and other ARM based processors and is likely targeting the same market as Chromebooks now do.

Analysts expect that the Anaheim project will be introduced throughout the first half of the 2019 development cycle.

This update will cause changes to the PC and Windows phone versions of Edge only.

But this is not where Microsoft is stopping.

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