There is no official statement yet. But Verge reported that Microsoft is replacing its EdgeHTML and is now developing its own Chromium browser.
For two decades, its Internet Explorer has been its home-built browser. But it was insecure and bloated. Hence, when it released its Windows 10, it introduced a new browser called Edge. It hoped to compete against Chrome. It aimed to modernize the browsing experience.
Unfortunately, it did not get the reception it was hoping for.
Microsoft may announce its Chromium browser anytime this week, as Verge reported. This new browser is designed to enhance web compatibility for Windows. The Chromium browser has a codename Anaheim.
Despite the enhancements provided by Microsoft, Edge still experiences web compatibility issues. Both consumers and businesses are pushing Microsoft to improve things.
Edge Web Browser
As mentioned earlier, the Edge browser found little success when the company debuted it in 2015. This browser utilizes EdgeHTML, a new rendering engine. It was supposed to be lightweight, secure and fast, like Google Chrome.
However, a lot of its users met several issues when they first used it. Since then, it failed to gain traction. It continued to encounter instability issues, as well as the absence of mindshare from the web developers and users.
Recently, its engineers were seen committing code to the Chromium project to assist Google Chrome to run on ARM. Some of the work might translate over to ensure Anaheim run on Windows 10 on ARM.
Experts expect that the company will introduce Anaheim throughout its development cycle. This forthcoming web browser should compete along with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. When that happens, Microsoft users will finally have a browser from the company that works safely, with no issues, when they browse the Internet.
Currently, Google Chrome is the most popular browser. Thanks to the increasing popularity of Android and its compatibility with PC and Mac. Many web developers favor Chrome’s rendering engine in optimizing their sites.
Google is also creating web services that will only work with Chrome. One of its reasons is that it is the first to adopt the rising web technologies while its engineers contribute to web standards.
Microsoft is finally going to admit that its rendering engine is a failure. When it adopts Chromium as its default rendering engine for 10, it will stop Microsoft’s aversion to Chrome.
Ever since Microsoft introduced Edge, it pushed notifications regularly to its Windows 10 users. It is the company’s attempt to convince them to shift to Edge. It also pulled Chrome installer from its Store as it violated its policies.
But many Windows users remain loyal to Chrome.
Google Chrome offers a simple design. As a result, it makes it easier to navigate the web. With its versatility and compatibility, it is the preferred browser of many Internet users.
It has been promoted heavily so it has caught on like wildfire. Developers and designers switch to chrome because their customers use it to view their sites.
If Microsoft wants to recover its huge part of the browser market share, it needs a lot of help.