Microsoft May Replace Edge’s Rendering Engine with an Open Source Chromium Fork

Microsoft May Replace Edge’s Rendering Engine with an Open Source Chromium Fork

Microsoft Edge's days could be numbered if a new report turns out to be true.

According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is working on a Chromium-based browser, codenamed "Anaheim", which will replace Edge as the default browser on Windows 10. But if Microsoft, which once dominated the web browser market, really starts pushing a Chromium-based browser as Windows default, it surely has to feel like defeat.

The rumour is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft, and as such it's not known if it would be a replacement for Edge with a new name, or a relaunch on the new engine. A lack of developer support and the browser's notorious issues displaying certain kinds of web content has led to the running joke that Edge is only used once on a new PC; to download and install a different browser. Thanks to its near-ubiquitous nature, web developers have come to favour Chrome's rendering engine for website optimization.

The edge browser, which was supposed to replace Internet Explorer and was hailed as being far faster, has struggled to attract users - despite being free in every copy of Windows 10.

It would seem as compatibility was the biggest issue with Edge, and that Edge's consumers were pushing Microsoft to do something about it.

Whatever the rationale behind this decision is, Anaheim will likely be compatible with the huge number of Chrome extensions out there. First of all, Sams believes Microsoft will drop the "Windows" branding from the name of its new operating system, opting for "Lite OS" instead. Microsoft may unveil Anaheim at some point in the Preview Build 18290, which is now being tested in the Fast ring by Windows insiders, Windows Central said. For now, Microsoft still needs to finish building the mysterious Chromium-based browser ready for Insider testing.

Explaining the move Jon Friedman, the head of Microsoft Office design, said: "The last time we updated the Microsoft Office icons was in 2013, when selfies were new enough to become Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year and emojis were new enough to be considered buzzworthy".