Microsoft's next browser might be based on Chromium

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Microsoft's next browser might be based on Chromium

The news of this Edge update comes as Microsoft recently announced it was redesigning its Office 365 app icons to be more modern and "embrace a new world of work".

Not only has this contributed to the gap between Chromium browsers and Edge, but it also serves as a good reason for Microsoft to base its new browser on Chromium.

Edge has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 back in 2015. The Chromium platform is one of the most used ones and we can find it in Chrome (duh!), Opera and fearless browsers.

According to an anonymous source, Microsoft is working on a new browser to replace Microsoft Edge.

The current Edge browser has been criticised since launch.

It remains to be seen if this will finally make Microsoft's default browser one that's popular with the users.

The new browser is codenamed Anaheim and uses Chromium, the rendering engine used by Google's Chrome browser, Windows Central reported Monday.

Microsoft's new operating system is believed to be squarely-aimed at the same types of devices powered by Chrome OS, including lightweight notebooks - dubbed Chromebooks, as well as two-in-one convertible devices, and tablets.

While this still won't be Microsoft integrating Chrome into Windows, it certainly is a step in the right direction.

"Part of our strategy with EdgeHTML is to build an engine that, instead of replicating (and, in some senses, competing with) the underlying platform, integrates and works with it to deliver the best possible security, accessibility, battery life, interactivity, just pure raw performance on that platform". A Microsoft-made Chromium-based browser would render web pages almost identically as Chrome, meaning less confusion over which web site works well in what browser. That move means all the major browsers-Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera-will all be using open source software.

Would you be happy with Microsoft embracing Chromium? Moreover, using an engine that's common among the majority of browsers lets developers (and in turn, users) avoid inter-browser website compatibility issues.

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