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Microsoft Confirms That Its Edge Browser Is Shifting to Chromium

Microsoft has officially confirmed Edge's switch from its own engine to the open-source Chromium project. However, while the company is spinning it as a win for all, others are concerned about the lack of competition.


Earlier in the week, Windows Central's Zac Bowden leaked 's plans to ditch EdgeHTML in its browser. There was some degree of skepticism surrounding the claims, but the Redmond giant has now confirmed the shift.

“Today we're announcing that we intend to adopt the open source project in the development of on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers,” said Microsoft CVP Joe Belfiore.

“As part of this, we intend to become a significant contributor to the Chromium project, in a way that can make not just Microsoft Edge — but other browsers as well — better on both PCs and other devices.”

As expected Belfiore pointed out that its mobile browser hasn't been on EdgeHTML from the very beginning, as well as its contributions to Chromium on ARM. In some ways, it's an indication that the old, closed sourced Microsoft is truly dead.

Accepting Google's Reign

However, Belfiore also makes the claim that less fragmentation is a good thing. That's a concept many can't get behind, including Mozilla. While unification can be good in the tech world, healthy competition can also breed innovation.

On the other hand, the switch to Chromium could allow Microsoft to dedicate more resources to introducing unique features. Though it hasn't announced it, the company may also allow non-EdgeHTML browsers on its store, bringing them to Windows 10 S users.

Ultimately, the move was always going to be divisive. There are many who would prefer not to have dominance in the browser market, but others would say it's inevitable. Either way, it should let Microsoft bring a better experience to its users, including support for platforms like MacOS.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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