Microsoft’s love affair with open-source is showing no signs of a slow down, with company announcing plans to rebuild its Edge web browser with Chromium. Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10, and also helps power the “universal windows apps” experience too. Microsoft says it plans to replace the proprietary EdgeHTML browser engine Edge currently uses with Chromium, an open source project. Chromium and the Blink rendering engine power everything, from the world’s most popular web-browser (Google Chrome) to famous desktop apps like Spotify and cross-platform software frameworks like Electron. It’s well-tested, works well, and has a lot of active development. But while it helps heal fragmentation there is a danger that the web is becoming too reliant on just one specific technology, open-source and “forkable” though it is. Microsoft plans to become ‘major’ contributor to Chromium Reported on Thurrot.com, Microsoft … [Read more...] about With Plans to Switch to Chromium, Could Microsoft Edge Come to Linux?
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Microsoft is making a big shift to its strategy with Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, and the successor to Internet Explorer. Microsoft is ditching its own web engine, and instead moving to the Google-created Chromium standard, which powers the market-leading Google Chrome. This could fix a big annoyance with Microsoft Edge, namely the fact that some websites don’t work properly in the browser. Microsoft Edge will also be released for Windows 7, Windows 8, and notably, Apple MacOS. It also means that Microsoft will work with Google and others to improve Chromium, meaning that some underlying Edge technology could start popping up in Chrome and other browsers. It’s official: Microsoft Edge, the default web browser on Windows 10, will be moving over in the next year to support the Google-born Chromium web engine. Edge was introduced in 2015 as the successor to Internet Explorer. … [Read more...] about Microsoft will release its first web browser for Apple’s Mac computers in 15 years as it makes a major change to its Microsoft Edge strategy
Microsoft today confirmed the rumors that have been swirling all week. As part of a sweeping change to one of the flagship components of Windows 10, it will rebuild its Microsoft Edge browser from the ground up, ripping out its proprietary EdgeHTML rendering engine and replacing it with the open-source Chromium code base. Yes, that Chromium. The same one that's at the heart of archrival Google's Chrome browser. My colleague Mary Jo Foley has the details here: "Microsoft's Edge to morph into a Chromium-based, cross-platform browser." It's an extraordinary capitulation from Microsoft, which has spent nearly four years and a staggering amount of engineering effort on a quixotic campaign to convince Windows 10 users to ditch their current browser in favor of Microsoft Edge.Also: Windows-as-a-service fail: Microsoft keeps customers in the dark That effort was doomed to fail, because of a series of strategic mistakes. So what makes Microsoft think that they can convince the world … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge: What went wrong, what’s next
A small but handy update is headed out to Microsoft Edge beta testers today, ticking the app up to version 42.7.3. The lone change coming along with today's release is that you'll now be able to toggle between the mobile version or desktop version of a site with the flip of a switch. Aside from the new toggle, the update also brings the usual round of performance improvements to the table. Here's the official look at what's new: If you're a part of the limited TestFlight beta testing program for Microsoft Edge on iOS, you should be able to grab this update now. Should testing go smoothly, the desktop-to-mobile switch should make its way to everyone on the release version of Microsoft Edge soon. See at App StoreThis post may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure policy for more details. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge beta for iOS now lets you toggle between desktop and mobile versions of sites
Microsoft Edge beta testers on iPhone and iPad can now get their hands on one of the most useful new features to ship with iOS 12: Siri Shortcuts. Microsoft this week began rolling out support for Siri shortcuts to beta testers, along with a few other improvements like quick actions and the option to pick up where you left off when you reopen Edge. Here's a full look at what's new in the latest beta release (via Neowin): Press and hold buttons in the bottom bar to see quick actions Open the browser directly from the lock screen with Siri shortcuts Use the browser widget in the Today screen to get to quick actions and top sites When you reopen Microsoft Edge, choose to continue where you left off or start afresh with a new tab Performance improvements Siri shortcuts in iOS 12 open up new ways to interact with apps, allowing you to set specific phrases to trigger a set of actions within apps that support the feature. Microsoft's support, for the moment at least, is limited to opening … [Read more...] about Microsoft Edge for iOS adds Siri shortcuts for beta testers