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Microsoft rebuilds Edge browser: use Google engine to run on Mac

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"in the end, we want to provide a better web experience for different users," explains Joe Belle Fiori (Joe Belfiore), vice president of Windows. "users who use Microsoft Edge (and other browsers) will experiencewebsiteBetter compatibility while achieving optimal battery life and hardware integration on a variety of Windows devices. ”

Microsoft's Edge browser will not disappear, and the brand will not disappear. What you will eventually notice is that once Microsoft makes this internal change, the rendering of the site will be more consistent.

So why should Microsoft change its rendering engine? Why is it now? The Edge browser has lagged far behind Chrome in market share, and Chrome seems to have become a new market leader that is popular with users.DevelopmentPeople are accustomed to optimizing Chrome, because Google is usually the first company to adopt emerging networking technologies, and it has been developing network services that only use Chrome. In this case, Microsoft has been working hard to keep its Edge rendering engine in sync with Chromium.

It is understood that Microsoft has considered this initiative for at least a year. Many drivers come from consumers and enterprises. They hope that Microsoft can improve network compatibility. The Edge browser has been improving in this regard, but even small compatibility issues can cause problems for users. Migrating to the Chromium engine immediately resolves these network compatibility issues and aligns Edge with Chrome and other browsers that also use the Blink engine.

Microsoft has also heard from some companies that are hoping that Microsoft will be able to support the latest Edge browser on all versions of Windows. Many corporate computers are in a mixed environment running multiple versions of Windows 7 to Windows 10. After the Edge browser was rebuilt, Microsoft was able to introduce it to the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems, and was no longer only compatible with Windows 10. Edge will be a downloadable executable for all supported versions of Windows, which means that Microsoft will be able to provide browser updates more frequently than ever before. It's unclear whether Microsoft will update it once a month, but it will definitely not be associated with every major update for Windows 10.

Another important part of improving Edge involves developers. Many web developers use a Mac to develop and test sites, but Edge is not compatible with the Mac operating system. Since the Mac cannot boot the Windows operating system at the same time, it is currently difficult to test Microsoft's network rendering engine on a Mac. Microsoft is now also introducing Edge to Mac computers through rebuilding. This initiative is not specifically designed to capture more market share, but more importantly, it makes it easier for developers to test Edge. Microsoft has not yet promised to launch Edge on Macs, but it is expected to be available later next year.

All of this work means that the browser engine that ultimately powers Chrome will be better on Windows. Microsoft is working to improve the network platform to improve Edge and Chrome on Windows, including touch performance, accessibility features and support for ARM-based Windows systems. Microsoft has been working closely with Google engineers to support the native version of Chrome on ARM-based Windows systems, and this work will begin soon.

Microsoft has just begun to disclose the platform shift to other companies involved in the Chromium project, and the company is not ready to start releasing versions of Edge running with Chromium. These betas will be released early next year, when Microsoft will make the necessary changes to Windows 10 to move the Edge to the Chromium engine. It is expected that Windows 10 will launch a Chromium-based browser at some point in 2019.

Microsoft now wants to work with Apple, Google and all other companies that have modified the Chromium engine. "If you're a member of the open source community that develops browsers, we invite you to work with us to build the future of Microsoft Edge and contribute to the Chromium project," said Belfiore. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to be a more active member of this community and to show the best of Microsoft and continue to make the network better serve everyone.”

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