It was reported a few days ago that Microsoft could be building a Chrome-based browser for Windows 10. The company today announced that it’s embracing the Chromium open source project for its web browser. This means that Microsoft’s browser will now be built on the same web rendering engine that Google uses for its popular Chrome browser. The company says it will become a significant contributor to the Chromium project which will make other browsers based on this engine better as well.
“People using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience improved compatibility with all web sites, while getting the best-possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices,” writes Corporate Vice President for Windows, Joe Belfiore.
This change will entirely be under the hood as Microsoft isn’t doing away with its web browser or the Edge brand. The technology change will be made over the next year or so, Belfiore says, and since it’s now part of the open source project it will be developed in the open so those who are interested will be able to follow along.
It also mentions that Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows more frequently. Microsoft says that this will also enable it to bring Edge to platforms like macOS. It hasn’t said precisely when the browser may arrive for this platform but it would likely happen in 2019.