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    Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser


    Last Updated: 06 Dec 2018 at 19:34
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    Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10.

    "Microsoft's Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 back in 2015. Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but launched with a plethora of issues which resulted in users rejecting it early on. Edge has since struggled to gain any traction, thanks to its continued instability and lack of mindshare, from users and web developers.

    Because of this, I'm told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, a rendering engine first popularized by Google's Chrome browser. Codenamed Anaheim..."

    When I read this news I had almost the same feeling as when I read about the "death" of Groove, I'm not saying that Edge is going to die by any means but, for some reason, I had almost exactly the same feeling.
    This is huge news.
    LEOPEVA64's Avatar Posted By: LEOPEVA64
    03 Dec 2018

  1. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 24,305
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #1

    Interesting, so we'll be left with two semi-redundant browsers (IE & Edge) which will have to remain in case anything still invokes them...

    Er, what's "lack of mindshare" ? Sounds a bit 'New Age' - or perhaps 'New Edge'?
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  2. Posts : 397
    Windows 10
       #2

    And there's also an article about it at Softpedia as well:
    Microsoft to Kill Off Microsoft Edge, Launch Chromium-Based Windows 10 Browser

    Actually, i think it's a great idea...Not a big Edge fan here so i had switched to Firefox....Perhaps the Chrome based version of Edge (or whatever it will be called) will "lure me back"...
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  3. Posts : 187
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Since the birth of Edge, I have been using it, and I have always been happy with it. It is very stable and has support of a lot of stuff IE didn't have. It made designing and using CSS much easier for me.

    However, since the past four months, I have switched to the Brave browser. This browser still needs some work on its interface, but what appealed to me, is the security features it has. It blocks ads and 3rd party cookies as a standard. Up until now, I never have blocked ads, because I knew that my favorite websites needed those ads to generate income.

    So? Why did I switch? With the Brave browser, you can support your favorite websites by a monthly contribution that is spread over the websites you want to give some money to. And... it isn't a scam. I have registered my personal websites at the Basic Attention Token website, and I have already received my first payments from them. It works, and I don't need to add any advertisement again to my own websites.

    And, the browser also uses Chromium, so from a standpoint of a web developer & -designer; you don't need any fancy tricks to make your websites display like you want them to be shown.


    A future feature, is that you can even earn some money as a user, by watching ads if you want to. In the future, they will pay users to watch ads. The coins you earn like this, can then be spent on the websites you want to donate some money to. I think this is a much better way of conducting business than the current way.


    I hope you guys don't mind me sharing this here, but I just thought I needed to mention it. I can understand Microsoft developing another browser, again, but in my opinion, they could maybe spend their time better on further developing their OS, and partner up with a company like Brave.


    BTW, for your information, a few of my tokens have already been given to this website. Probably not enough yet, to receive an e-mail from them. But if everyone of us would use the Brave browser here, maybe we could give some extra support to the owner of this website. Just a thought.

    PS: After reading my text, I need to add that I'm not paid to say this. It's just something I wanted to share with all of you, because I think this project is a great thing and could change the future of the Internet.
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  4. z3r010's Avatar
    Posts : 9,165
    Windows 10 Workstation x64
       #4

    Rudy Mas said:
    But if everyone of us would use the Brave browser here, maybe we could give some extra support to the owner of this website. Just a thought.
    If everybody used Brave, I'd be bankrupt and the sites wouldn't be online, a few tokens here and there wouldn't come anywhere near the running costs of these sites.
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  5. Ground Sloth's Avatar
    Posts : 291
    Windows 10
       #5

    I find this news quite depressing. There are already too many browsers based on Chromium (e.g., Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave, etc.). I have zero interest in yet another one.
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  6. rezpower's Avatar
    Posts : 255
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       #6

    z3r010 said:
    If everybody used Brave, I'd be bankrupt and the sites wouldn't be online, a few tokens here and there wouldn't come anywhere near the running costs of these sites.
    yeah but when they don't run Brave they run other browsers with "uBlock Origin" or "adblock plus" + "Ghostery".
    aren't those worse?!

    I think there has also been a big abuse from sites with too many adds and now everyone is trying to avoid them!
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  7. John Pombrio's Avatar
    Posts : 402
    Windows 10 Fast Ring
       #7

    Way too many sites won't even allow you to view them unless you turn off Adblock. I have no idea how these sites would handle the Brave browser. With Adblock, you can "pause" it for a while or for this site, I have it turned off. Google has said that eventually Chrome will inherently block ads. I wonder what it will do with YouTube ads?

    Amazing how this topic got sidetracked from Edge to ads. I love the history and bookmarks sidebar that is built into Firefox so my choice is simple. There is a few times that FF burps (mostly on videos and trying to sign in to a subscribed site like SciAm and Wired) so I throw the url into Chrome. Never have used Edge for more than a few hours.
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  8. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
    Posts : 1,097
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
       #8

    John Pombrio said:
    ...Google has said that eventually Chrome will inherently block ads...
    This is really funny! The only ads I get are via Google! Probably do like MS and run the ads, but you can pay to have them stop. Isn't that a "mild" form of extorsion?
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  9. ksio89's Avatar
    Posts : 116
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    I don't see any issue with Edge. Actually, it feels lighter and faster than either Chrome or Firefox. Running 1080p60 videos on Youtube gives me way lower CPU usage on my laptop than on Google's browser. Since Edge got support for extensions, such as the almost necessary uBlock Origin, it became perfectably usable for the average user. And it also has some nice features which are missing from Chrome, such as dark mode. I use Edge a lot nowadays, like when I want to log in the same website or service with another user account.

    I admit I just use Chrome because of the integration with other Google services, such as Gmail, Drive, Android etc. Even Bing search engine, which used to despise, has improved immensely, and doesn't make me miss Google very much. What's the point in having yet another Chromium-based browser? It's redundant, and I doubt it will get a larger market share than Internet Explorer and Edge.
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