When Microsoft introduced Windows 10, they also unveiled a new browser called Edge. Edge was admittedly faster and more modern compared to Internet Explorer, which over the years became something of a joke and punchline. However unsurprisingly, many users were still unwilling to make the switch from browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
So much so that Microsoft could finally be throwing in the towel with Edge, at least according to a report from Windows Central that suggests that Microsoft could instead be building a new Chrome-based browser for Windows 10 that could ultimately replace Edge. Codenamed Anaheim, this new web browser is said to be powered by Chromium, a rendering engine used by Google’s Chrome browser. By making this switch, it would effectively see Microsoft give up on EdgeHTML.
Windows Central’s source claims that this new browser will become the new default browser on Windows 10, but whether or not it will be retaining the Edge branding or be called something else entirely is unclear. So what does this switch mean for users? Basically it means that if for a Chrome user were to switch to this new browser, there won’t be any inconsistencies in their browsing experience.
For example if you’re doing a fresh install of Windows, one of the first things you might do is download and install Chrome, but since the experience is relatively similar, you might instead choose to keep using this new browser. No word on when this new browser will be announced, but Windows Central expects that it should be revealed during the first half of 2019.