Microsoft Edge to Run On Google Chrome's Rendering Engine

Report: Windows Lite is Microsoft’s long-awaited answer to Chrome OS

Having moved on from Internet Explorer to Edge, the company is now said to be looking to transition to a Chromium-based browser for Windows 10.

Initially, Edge represented Microsoft's attempt to regain its position atop the browser market, as with the early days of Internet Explorer.

The success of Google's Chromebook hardware and Chrome OS software wasn't an inevitability, but the ease of use they afford ended up allowing Google to carve out a niche in a very crowded PC marketplace.

It's about time. While Edge is much better than when it first launched in 2015, it still plays second fiddle to Chrome and Firefox. Also, it's still unknown whether Anaheim will sport a similar user interface to Edge or wear completely new clothes.

As we noted in an article yesterday, Edge's market share dropped again according to one set of stats - with Netmarketshare pegging it at barely more than 4% of overall share - and it has been going backwards for a while now, despite Microsoft trying to push it hard by various means.

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It's not clear whether there will be a change in name and a completely new browser, or if the change in rendering engine will be a simple under-the-hood switch. Though the number of supported extensions continues to grow, Edge pales in comparison to Chrome.

As corroboration for that idea, Windows Central remarks that some Microsoft engineers have contributed code to the Chromium project in a bid to ease Chrome compatibility on ARM-based devices.

If the new report is true, that commitment to EdgeHTML has all but disappeared, as EdgeHTML will live in nothing but name (if that) inside all of Microsoft's browsers, as Microsoft replaces it on each platform with either Blink or WebKit.

It's not clear when Microsoft might introduce its next browser-Windows Central reckons it will show up in the 19H1 Windows Insider builds that are now being tested.

Download.com has contacted Microsoft for comment and will update the story with any further details.

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