Microsoft Edge was the Redmond company's answer to newer, sleeker browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, replacing the creaky, insecure Internet Explorer three years ago - but it still only holds a tiny market share, and might be on the chopping block.
Edge was intended to be fast, lightweight and secure, but was launched with a slew of issues that slowed adoption. It has also had to contend with ‘lock-in', as consumers tend to be unwilling to switch browsers: just think of all the integrations Chrome has with Google services.
According to Windows Central, Microsoft has decided to scrap the entire project and is building a(nother) new browser, powered by the Chromium rendering engine rather than EdgeHTML.
EdgeHTML is a fork of Trident, and Microsoft first used it in a technical preview of Internet Explorer 11; however, that version never went live and EdgeHTML was reserved for the Edge browser. Now, it appears that Microsoft is throwing the engine out in favour of Chromium.
Using Chromium means that pages will behave the same as they do on Google Chrome, which tends to be a very reliable browser without the performance issues that plague Edge on PC (Edge on Android and iOS already uses rendering engines native to those operating systems).
Further proof comes in the form of Microsoft engineers being seen committing code to Chromium, to help get Google Chrome running on ARM. It is possible that some of that work will be transferable to the new browser, which is apparently codenamed Anaheim.
Windows Central's Zac Bowden, who first broke the story, expects to see Anaheim in the first half of next year.
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