Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge

Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge

This has lead to the possibility that they may be designing a Chromium-based browser, under the moniker Project Anaheim, to replace Edge as their embedded browser.

It was built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was created to be fast, lightweight, and secure. If so, it could debut with the next major update to Windows 10. Using the Chromium engine could help Microsoft's new browser work with the same extensions available to Chrome.

However, what's most astonishing about this supposed browser is that it will be based on Chromium - the same open-source browser platform that powers Google Chrome. The company has tried several ways to encourage users to stick with Edge and avoid Chrome - something we may see less of if the default Windows browser runs on Chromium. When Microsoft's Sean Lyndersay, the Principal Program Mananger Lead for Edge, announced the Android and iOS browsers past year, he said the company is committed to EdgeHTML, despite its replacing it with Blink and WebKit on Android and iOS. First of all, Sams believes Microsoft will drop the "Windows" branding from the name of its new operating system, opting for "Lite OS" instead. As such, many web developers treat Chrome as the base for their apps and sites, and many web apps are built specifically with Chrome (and thus Chromium) in mind. Being a part of the Fast ring means that you get updates approximately every two weeks, which can be extremely buggy.

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Now, Petri reports that Microsoft is working on yet another lightweight iteration of Windows, similar to Windows 10 S and RT; both of which are stripped-down versions of the full-fat desktop Windows 10 experience.

Data from Net Marketshare indicates this might be only a minor exaggeration, showing Edge was used for just 4.2 per cent of desktop web activity last month, compared to 65.57 per cent for Google Chrome.

Compare that to Google's 61 percent share and you can see why Microsoft may be more than a little concerned. Moreover, using an engine that's common among the majority of browsers lets developers (and in turn, users) avoid inter-browser website compatibility issues.

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