So it looks like Microsoft’s critically acclaimed Edge browser is headed for a major revamp after a mere 3 1/2 years. According to various publications, Microsoft will now build its latest version of Edge off of the open source Chromium browser which is also the bulk of the brains behind Google Chrome. Being that it never gained the type of market share necessary in order to stay afloat in addition to its technical shortcomings, this may go down as one of Microsoft’s better decisions assuming that they follow through with their commitment to fully embrace more open source platforms as well as become more of a contributor to the open source community.
Even though we do not have many technical details of what the “new” Edge will be, we can expect that Microsoft will commit to making this browser more competitive with Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. They plan on making it available on operating systems outside of Windows 10; other OSs include Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1 and even the latest versions of macOS.
Only time will tell whether their efforts backed by their refreshed corporate mentality will result in Microsoft gaining back some of their lost mojo on the browser front…after all, you’ve got big problems when a six year old browser (Internet Explorer) still convincingly outpaces your so-called “flagship” Edge browser despite notable success with deploying Windows 10 to the masses. Stay tuned!