Recent rumors were real: Microsoft’s Edge will become a Chromium-based browser.
Microsoft’s Corporate VP Joe Belfiore revealed the news in a blog post Thursday, saying the company intends to “to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop.”
Here’s the kicker: Microsoft plans to bring this new, Chromium-based Edge browser to the Mac.
According to Belfiore, Microsoft plans to make the switch to Chromium “over the next year or so.”
For users, this means better compliance with web standards and other Chromium-based browsers such as Google’s Chrome and Opera. Microsoft also plans to deliver and update Edge more frequently to all supported versions of Windows. And, finally, Microsoft hopes that its participation in the Chromium project will make other Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices. Read more…
The rumors were true: Microsoft Edge is moving to the open-source Chromium platform, the same platform that powers Google’s Chrome browser. And once that is done, Microsoft is bringing Edge to macOS, too. In addition, Microsoft is decoupling Edge from the Windows update process to offer a faster update cadence — and with that, it’ll […]
Microsoft Edge has failed to capture the public’s attention since launching back in 2015, so you can’t really blame the company for switching tacts. According to new reports that first surfaced in WindowsCentral, the browser isn’t not long for this world. Microsoft could announce its replacement as early as this week. As for what’s next […]
Remember the browser wars? In 1995, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer and started bundling it with Windows in order to snatch away market share from the then-dominant browser, Netscape. It worked — in the early naughts, all everyone ever used for browsing was Internet Explorer.
But then came the alternatives: Firefox in 2004 and Google’s Chrome 2008. These browsers were faster and more advanced than Internet Explorer and they slowly chipped away at Microsoft’s browser market share, prompting Microsoft to essentially kill IE in 2015 and replace it with Edge.
Now, however, we may be near the point in which Microsoft throws in the towel and switches to a browser based on Chromium, Google’s open-source browser project upon which Chrome (and several other browser, like Brave or Opera) is built. Read more…
Avast — the Czech-based digital security company that made a name for itself offering “free” antivirus software in the 2000s — has a new version of its Chromium-based web browser, called Avast Secure Browser, which it claims is faster and more secure than its competitors.
The browser offers a laundry list of features intended to beef up security, including HTTPS encryption, an extension guard, a built-in password manager, a special mode for banking, and anti-phishing features.
Additionally, all the privacy features are turned on by default, so you don’t need to download any extra software or set anything up. Read more…
Google’s Chrome browser will soon flag every site that doesn’t use HTTPS encryption. Starting in July, with the launch of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ and prominently highlight this in its URL bar. Over the course of the last few years, Google has strongly advocated for the use of HTTPS to help keep your browsing data safe from anybody… Read More