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Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge is real, and it’s coming to the Mac

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…

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Microsoft Edge goes Chromium (and macOS)

Microsoft’s next browser might be based on Chromium

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…

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Avast’s new web browser turns on all privacy settings by default

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…

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Chrome will soon mark all unencrypted pages as ‘not secure’