Home Technology Microsoft abandoning Edge and building a new web browser based on Chromium

Microsoft abandoning Edge and building a new web browser based on Chromium

2 min read

I think it’s safe to say that Microsoft isn’t very good at making browsers. While Edge is a massive improvement on the awful IE and is actually much better at memory management and small-scale performance than Chrome, its lack of features and incompatibility with many sites meant many people weren’t willing to adopt it.

So, despite having recently remade a whole new web browser from scratch with Edge several years ago, it looks like they are going to go back to the drawing board and remake another browser all over again. However, this time, rather than creating something completely unique Microsoft is abandoning EdgeHTML and rather looking to build their new browser off Chromium, the same rendering engine that was first popularised by Google’s Chrome Browser.

According to the reveal on Windows Central, this new browser (codenamed Anaheim) will replace Edge as the default browser on the Windows 10. Details are obviously sketchy on anything further about the new browser and whether Microsoft will be looking to keep some of the current UI and features they have with Edge and just convert it to Chromium or rather as part of their current rebranding look to redesign everything from scratch again.

This news will probably make most people laugh at Microsoft for once again failing to make a winning browser. Plus it’ll also allow web developers to breathe a sigh of relief as they no longer need to support a different rendering engine. However, I do feel a little sad because I have been using Edge on one of my lower spec laptops and found it far outperformed Chrome thanks to its lower memory use. Pages might not have always worked, but it at least didn’t eat up all the RAM like Chrome does, while being faster to boot.

To me though, points to people’s unwillingness to change browsers even when there may be something better available. Something which I don’t think will help Microsoft’s cause regardless of what browser it releases. Perhaps they need to just give up the browser game all together and just work with the companies to make their browsers better integrate into their Windows platform, making a better customer experience for all. Or somehow just bolster support for IE 11, which believe it or not, is apparently still more widely used than Edge ever was.

Last Updated: December 5, 2018


  1. Admiral Chief

    December 5, 2018 at 11:49

    Oh, but Microsoft, isn’t Edge FASTER AND BETTER THAN CHROME?



    • Pariah

      December 5, 2018 at 12:05

      Well, it’s faster at least. So being 50% correct is well above Microsoft’s usual advertising claims.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      December 5, 2018 at 12:27

      Definitely faster. Better at memory management. Overall better? Nuh uh.


      • HvR

        December 5, 2018 at 13:57

        But displaying an error page shouldn’t need lots of memory


        • Pariah

          December 5, 2018 at 14:18

          That’s why Edge doesn’t use a lot of memory. 😉


  2. Pariah

    December 5, 2018 at 12:02

    Ah, the infamous, all-seeing Goggle Chrome browser. I hear it’s a cheap Chinese rip-off of Google’s Chrome browser.


  3. HvR

    December 5, 2018 at 12:55

    Dammit what am I going to use now to open pdfs?


  4. Captain JJ

    December 5, 2018 at 13:19

    Man, these guys are trying so hard to sell their stuff that no one clearly wants


    • Pariah

      December 5, 2018 at 13:34

      This isn’t a paid-for change is it? No mention of that anywhere.


      • Captain JJ

        December 5, 2018 at 14:08

        Sell also means to persuade someone to accept something.


        • Pariah

          December 5, 2018 at 14:18

          Fair point yeah. But, let’s be honest. If they can improve on Chrome – then I’m all for it. Edge is shyte, but yeah.


          • Captain JJ

            December 5, 2018 at 14:25

            Yea. I honestly use Firefox and Opera, depending on what I need it for. If something better comes along I don’t be averse to trying it, but I’m happy with what I’m using now.

  5. Fidel Castro

    December 28, 2018 at 03:27

    Edge is not that bad, but Microsoft seriously f*cked up “selling” it. First the name and symbol. The blue e is so similar to IE’s, that many common users i know don’t even realise it’s a different browser.
    Second, releasing it when it wasn’t ready. I know, they wanted it to debut with WIN10, but having no extension support made it a no go for lots of people.
    I’m intrested how the chromium based one they are going to come up with Will turn out.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Microsoft and Ninja Theory Announce a New Update to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Games developer, Ninja Theory, originally made a name for themselves with the development …