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Mozilla is deeply concerned about Microsoft killing EdgeHTML
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it would discontinue the EdgeHTML browser engine. Future versions of Edge would use Google’s Chromium rendering engine, which powers a swathe of browsers, including Chrome and Opera. via Pocket
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3 days ago by evansthompson
Microsoft EdgeのChromium移行とか - fragmentary
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4 days ago by yoshiagi
Goodbye, EdgeHTML
Forceful essay on the value of browser diversity
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4 days ago by nelson
Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium • Ars Technica
Peter Bright:
<p>Microsoft is going to use Google's Blink rendering engine and V8 JavaScript engine in its Edge browser, largely ending development of its own EdgeHTML rendering engine and Chakra JavaScript engine. This means that Microsoft will be using code from—and making contributions to—the Chromium open source project.

The company's browser will still be named Edge and should retain the current look and feel. The decision to switch was motivated primarily by compatibility problems: Web developers increasingly test their pages exclusively in Chrome, which has put Edge at a significant disadvantage. Microsoft's engineers have found that problematic pages could often be made Edge compatible with only very minor alterations, but because Web devs aren't using Edge at all, they don't even know that they need to change anything.

The story is, however, a little more complex. The initial version of Edge that shipped with the first version of Windows 10 was rudimentary, to say the least. It was the bare bones of a browser, but with extremely limited capabilities around things like tab management and password management, no extension model, and generally lacking in the creature comforts that represent the difference between a bare rendering engine and an actual usable browser. It also had stability issues; crashes and hangs were not uncommon.

Microsoft's own telemetry showed that many users did give Edge a chance, but as soon as a problem was encountered—a crash, a hang, or perhaps a page that didn't work right—they'd switch to Chrome and never really look back.</p>

As in the modern smartphone wars, Microsoft entered this race at least a lap too late. But as one person commented on Twitter (I can't find the link now), If you can get the quality of Chrome but without the tracking, you're definitely ahead.
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4 days ago by charlesarthur
Microsoft Edge: Making the web better through more open source collaboration - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog
“We will move to a Chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop. Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers. This will deliver improved compatibility for everyone and create a simpler test-matrix for web developers.”
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