Web Developers have long joked about Microsoft Edge being the “lost child” of web browsing, left in the dust by Chrome and Firefox. Apparently, Microsoft has decided it’s no longer a laughing matter.
Microsoft recently announced that it will be rebuilding Microsoft Edge, the default web browser that ships standard with Windows and replaced Internet Explorer. This time around, the Browser will be built on the Chromium web browser structure, which, as you can probably guess by the name, is what powers Google Chrome. If you can’t beat them, join them.
So what does this mean? With this change to using Chromium potentially solving many of the web page compatibility issues that Edge was infamous for, it’s possible we will see a resurgence of people who will just stick with the default browser that their Windows ships with. Likewise, with Microsoft making Edge now work on Mac (which is used by many Web Developers), it’ll be easier for the Devs to test their pages on Edge. Finally, Microsoft is making a big push to ensure that Edge works on all versions of Windows, recognizing (as we’ve mentioned here before) that many people are still using Window’s OS’s as far back as Windows 7.
Only time will tell if Windows efforts to catch up to Chrome will bear fruit, or if at this point people are so convinced of the superiority of Chrome that they’ll default to downloading it immediately.