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New Microsoft browser will have Chromium under the hood, replace Edge

  • According to an anonymous source, Microsoft is working on a new browser to replace Microsoft Edge.
  • The new, unannounced browser will be based on Chromium, the open-source platform of Google Chrome.
  • While this still won’t be Microsoft integrating Chrome into Windows, it certainly is a step in the right direction.

According to an anonymous source speaking with Windows Central, Microsoft is working on a new browser, internally codenamed Anaheim. This unannounced browser is reportedly going to replace the beleaguered Microsoft Edge.

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.

If true, this would mark a huge turn of events for Microsoft, as it would essentially be the company throwing in the towel on its own Edge browser and adopting the Google Chrome framework.

According to the anonymous source, Microsoft could announce this new Chromium-based browser as soon as this week.

The Microsoft Edge browser was met with a lot of excitement when it launched three years ago, but since then has become a disappointment. Microsoft built the browser from the ground up using its own core called EdgeHTML, and intended Edge to replace the aged-out Internet Explorer.

However, Google Chrome has come to dominate the browser wars, especially with its status as the default browser on Android devices. 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. Microsoft Edge — and EdgeHTML — doesn’t stand a chance, and Microsoft apparently is ready to admit defeat.

What will this mean for you? If Microsoft does, in fact, announce a Chromium-based browser soon, it will render websites and apps in much the same way as Chrome, which will give the browser a better competitive edge (if you can excuse the pun). That’s good news for anyone out there who wants to browse the web with the power of Chrome but doesn’t want to actually use Chrome to do it.

We’ll have to wait to see if Microsoft makes this new browser announcement this week. In the meantime, what do you think? Are you ready to ditch Chrome for a similar browser made by Microsoft? Let us know in the comments!

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