Monday, December 4th 2017

Microsoft to Kill off Edge Browser, Replace with its Own Chromium-derivative?

It looks like Microsoft is on a tactical retreat in the web-browser wars, with no amount of marketing integrated with Windows 10 dissuading users from using Google's near-monopolistic Chrome web-browser. Windows Central has come out with a sensational report that suggests that Microsoft could kill off the Edge web-browser that ships with Windows 10. It could try a different strategy against Chrome - designing a new web-browser that's derived from Chromium, the open-source foundation that supplies Chrome with key components. Much like Firefox, Chromium is heavily forked and customized by the OSS community.

Microsoft is internally calling this Chromium-based browser "Anaheim." The browser will be designed for both the x86 and ARM versions of Windows 10, and could be heavily differentiated from Edge and Internet Explorer, which could include a new branding, or perhaps even a significantly different user-interface from Edge. Microsoft could begin non-public community testing of "Anaheim" throughout 2019.
Source: Windows Central
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90 Comments on Microsoft to Kill off Edge Browser, Replace with its Own Chromium-derivative?

#1
londiste
This is a bad thing. We need more browser( rendering engine)s, not less.
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#3
Rahnak
FFS, just give it up already.
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#4
micropage7
but i just think that M$ will run Edge as main browser for windows and chromium based for the rest, like firefox that has not only firefox
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#5
D1RTYD1Z619
Haaaaallelujah!!! Haaaaallelujah!!!! Hallelujah Hallelujah Haalleeeluuujahhhh!!
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#6
Octopuss
londiste said:
This is a bad thing. We need more browser( rendering engine)s, not less.
Excuse me, Edge is not a browser, it's an abomination.

Isn't it simply renamed IE after all?
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#7
oxidized
Octopuss said:
Excuse me, Edge is not a browser, it's an abomination.

Isn't it simply renamed IE after all?
It's actually not that bad, besides i like more its style than chrome's or firefox's, too bad it's not as good as either of them.
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#8
Konceptz
Curious as to how this will play out, seeing though as Internet explorer(edge) and file explorer are pretty much the same.
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#9
Vayra86
Octopuss said:
Excuse me, Edge is not a browser, it's an abomination.

Isn't it simply renamed IE after all?
Did you even use it? Because if you say its a renamed IE, its obvious you've not seen much of it.
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#10
Batailleuse
ArbitraryAffection said:
But I like edge... :C
What I liked was having it native without installing anything else and having all my password and historic with it even if fresh installs. Plus it happens to be pretty Good. I haven't used chrome in a while it's memory hog machine.
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#11
Totally
Octopuss said:
Excuse me, Edge is not a browser, it's an abomination.

Isn't it simply renamed IE after all?
No it was built from scratch from the ground up.
It's a very good browser imo, them taking forever to enable extensions and only allowing them through the windows store kind of killed it. So I can see their reasoning behind this move.
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#12
kastriot
Well i wish them better luck with this one.
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#13
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Octopuss said:
Excuse me, Edge is not a browser, it's an abomination.

Isn't it simply renamed IE after all?
I’ve actually taken to using Edge more than Firefox now. It’s much more refined and user-friendly than it was on first release. It’s also pretty speedy.

As for extension support, I have all the ones that suit my needs. There don’t have to be 1,500 available just to be good.
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#15
Slizzo
rtwjunkie said:
I’ve actually taken to using Edge more than Firefox now. It’s much more refined and user-friendly than it was on first release. It’s also pretty speedy.

As for extension support, I have all the ones that suit my needs. There don’t have to be 1,500 available just to be good.
If I can get UBlock Origin, LastPass, and Honey on it, then I'm sold.
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#16
Easo
This is NOT good news. We do not need monopoly in web engines, especially when Google decides to skip on web standarts, which only leads to people developing for a specific browser, not universally.
Also, the Edge right now is pretty ok, but... MS could do better.

Slizzo said:
If I can get UBlock Origin, LastPass, and Honey on it, then I'm sold.
Well, uBlock extension is in (has been for at least a year now), not sure about others.
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#17
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Edge is derived from UWP which is intrinsic to so many parts of the Windows and Xbox One ecosystems. To replace Edge would be to replace the operating system on both platforms. Not a chance.

If Microsoft wants to change marketshare, all it needs to due is sue Google for using their search dominance to promote Chrome on their services. That's the only reason why Chrome is #1: because Google remains #1 in search.

A more likely scenario is Microsoft offers two browser choices on Windows: UWP-based Edge and Chromium-based new browser. A lot of businesses still depend on Internet Explorer for old web apps and Microsoft wants to kill it for good but they can't. A cheaper alternative is to use Chromium with tweaks to replace Internet Explorer on Windows for backwards compatibility. Microsoft has vested interest in eliminating barriers to upgrading to Windows 10. ActiveX scripts and the like are a huge one for corporations.
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#18
OneMoar
There is Always Moar
this odds of this happening are less than me winning a million dollars tomarrow ...

pure clickbait and rumor mill
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#19
Slizzo
Easo said:
Well, uBlock extension is in (has been for at least a year now), not sure about others.
Has to be uBlock Origin though. uBlock has nothing to do with the original author and they sell ads to businesses that they allow through uBlock. Origin does not.
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#20
Gorstak
This is good news, perhaps now when logging into ms account I will somehow get all my bookmarks and extensions in chromium...would be nice to have some sort of sync between google and ms accounts.
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#21
R-T-B
Konceptz said:
Curious as to how this will play out, seeing though as Internet explorer(edge) and file explorer are pretty much the same.
explorer and iexplore are different executables. They've been seperate for a bit now.
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#22
OneMoar
There is Always Moar
R-T-B said:
explorer and iexplore are different executables. They've been seperate for a bit now.
a bit? :roll: try like 15 years
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#23
Batailleuse
Slizzo said:
If I can get UBlock Origin, LastPass, and Honey on it, then I'm sold.
Ublock and lastpass for sure. Not sure about honey
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#24
R-T-B
OneMoar said:
a bit? :roll: try like 15 years
Yes.
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#25
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
R-T-B said:
explorer and iexplore are different executables. They've been seperate for a bit now.
Since Windows 2000 because EU sued. One of the fantastic things about Windows 98/ME is that you could type any valid address in explorer or internet explorer and it will take you there. For example, put in an FTP URL, it will use Windows Explorer to view the directory. Put in HTTP URL, it will use Internet Explorer to render the website. Put in C:\ and it will use Windows Explorer to show you the local directory. Explorer was truly universal. Of course, that meant you couldn't remove Internet Explorer because it was literally a critical component of the operating system. Dumb laws prohibiting an innovative system like that from happening again. :C
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