New Microsoft browser will have Chromium under the hood, replace Edge

Report: Windows Lite is Microsoft’s long-awaited answer to Chrome OS

Microsoft is reportedly building a Chromium-based browser to replace Edge

It's also unknown whether or not the new browser will use the Edge UI.

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, it came with a new web browser called Edge, which replaced the aging Internet Explorer as the default and offered interesting new features such as Cortana suggestions and page annotation. It is a fact that Windows 10 is now used by over 400 million users globally but lately, its updates have been causing users a great deal of trouble and especially with Microsoft's October 2018 update for Windows 10 version 1809.

Adding to speculation about this new broswer is the fact that Microsoft engineers were recently spotted contributing code to Chromium. A Microsoft-made Chromium-based browser would render web pages almost identically as Chrome, meaning less confusion over which web site works well in what browser.

Microsoft may be planning to bow out of the battle of the internet browsers, with reports indicating the company is building a new application on the same foundation that powers Google Chrome. That's why Microsoft throwing in the towel on EdgeHTML is a good thing.

There's still no official name for the browser.

We'd expect to see Microsoft start to increase visibility of Anaheim through the 19H1 development cycle which is already with Fast ring Insiders.

Report: Windows Lite is Microsoft’s long-awaited answer to Chrome OS

It's not clear when Microsoft might introduce its next browser-Windows Central reckons it will show up in the 19H1 Windows Insider builds that are now being tested.

The new browser is codenamed Anaheim and uses Chromium, the rendering engine used by Google's Chrome browser, Windows Central reported Monday.

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The catch is - it won't be built on the EdgeHTML engine, but rather on Chromium, instead.

What will this mean for you?

Microsoft engineers were recently discovered committing code for a Chromium project created to get Google Chrome to work on Windows 10 for ARM. Edge never managed to get traction with users; it now has 4.34% market share according to NetMarketShare, compared to Chrome's 63.6%. Moreover, using an engine that's common among the majority of browsers lets developers (and in turn, users) avoid inter-browser website compatibility issues.

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